dVerse — Poetics — Shy Sanjna

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Painting of Surya with his two consorts Sanjna and Chhaya

Shy Sanjna, married to the sun,
soft-skinned, hides in the night clouds’ mist.

Her avatar, Chhaya, one
who wears glass bangles on her wrists.

Her silken locks do lure with scent
of honey-myrrh, argan shampoo;

down, dinghy-lounging, Nile she went.
When flaming Surya, nose so true

did swim alongside Chhaya’s boat
then leapt into, a bright red fish.

With sev’ral lines of poems wrote,
shy Sanjna got her fondest wish;

she watches from the clouds afar
her shadow serve both king and she.

She celebrates ‘mongst moon and stars,
her panoramic spirit free.

Most of the poem is based on known myth but I used a little poetic license also. Learn more about Sanjna here.

Punam is today’s host for dVerse’ Poetics. Punam says:
Pick any four [of the words below] and use them in a poem on a topic of your choice. You can write in any form of your choice but writing in rhymes would be nice as Hindi poems are mostly rhyming.

Avatar
Bangles
Bandana
Bunglow
Cashmere
Catamaran
Chit
Chutney
Dinghy
Juggernaut
Jungle
Hullabaloo
Punch
Shampoo
Verandah

31 Comments Add yours

  1. I love how you tied it back to the myths with the English words. Like an emigrant returning back

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    1. msjadeli says:

      ❤ Thank you.

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  2. Li, what a beautiful retelling of the myth! I love that you researched so thoroughly and brought Sanjna to life through your words.
    Incidentally, the day after Diwali is celebrated as Vishwakarma (Sanjna’s father) day. He is the god of tools so on this day all craftsmen worship their tools and celebrate it as a day of rest.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thank you so much and happy to learn that Sanjna’s father and all craftsmen and their tools are celebrated today. Good to hear they have a day of rest.

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      1. You are welcome. I thought you would enjoy a bit of trivia. 🙂

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  3. merrildsmith says:

    Such a lovely re-telling of legend, Lisa! So beautifully done.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thanks much, Merril!

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      1. merrildsmith says:

        You’re very welcome!

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  4. rothpoetry says:

    I see you had a lot of fun with this one, Lisa! Well done.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      That I did, Dwight, thank you 🙂

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      1. rothpoetry says:

        You are welcome.

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  5. memadtwo says:

    This brought a smile to my face! (K)

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    1. msjadeli says:

      K, very pleased to bring a smile to your face.

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  6. Sadje says:

    So beautifully done Li.

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      1. Sadje says:

        You’re welcome my friend

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  7. Dahlia says:

    Really enjoyed this poem and the revisit to an old forgotten tale. Thank you 🙂

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thanks much and you’re most welcome 🙂

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  8. judeitakali says:

    Intriguing and very enjoyable poetry.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Jude, thanks much.

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      1. judeitakali says:

        My pleasure.

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  9. calmkate says:

    Most impressive that you wondrously wove the prompt around a local myth, kudos!

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Kate I’m studying creation myths right now and so naturally turned to Indian mythology to write to for Punam’s prompt celebrating Diwali. Thank you 🙂

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      1. calmkate says:

        lol good for you! Keeping our brain active is so important 🙂

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  10. What a beautiful story you’ve told Lisa.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thanks much, Linda ❤

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  11. dorahak says:

    Lovely, Lisa, as lovely as “shy Sanjna” herself.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thank you, Dora!

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  12. Badfinger (Max) says:

    That was like a story-poem.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thank you, it is a fascinating myth and it works very well as a metaphor.

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