Friday, October 30, 2020

Poetry Friday: The Naani

The naani is a poem of four lines and 20-25 syllables, whose subject is often (but not always) the first line.
It was created (according to this post) by "one of India’s foremost poets, Dr. N Gopi."  

Like most of us, I had never written one. Or even read one. So I embraced beginner mind.  No expectations. No comparisons. Nothing but listening to what might arise in the quiet. 

Our theme was fall, or foresight, or both.

Autumn is blaze and decay;
A shuddering blow of the horn;
Split fruit; one tree stark,
One still singing. 

                         -----Sara Lewis Holmes (all rights reserved)

My poetry sisters naani are here:


Poetry Friday is hosted today by TeacherDance.


  1. Why does this make me cry, Sara? Is the horn, or the leaves falling? There is just some sort of poignancy to this that really gets to me. Thank you. I love it...

  2. Wow, so much drama and the stillness of one captured moment. I especially love the unexpected horn.

  3. Ohhhh. One tree stark, one still singing. That... just... wow.
    You can make this beginner mind thing REALLY work. I bow to your expertise!

  4. I too love that "One tree stark, one still singing", Sara. I was watching one of the trees near me on a recent windy day, wondering why its leaves were letting go as others stayed? So, I researched it & it has to do with the species as we all probably guess but also the amount of sunlight it gets which makes it stronger. Sunny days do make us feel happier I think. Thanks for your lovely naani observation!

  5. I'm going to ditto what Tanita said. I adore "One tree stark, one still singing." May we all remain singing.

  6. Such crisp images in this naani. I love the split fruit and the one tree still singing.

  7. I saw, "Wow", also. The contrast in the first line sets up the poem. Great perspective!

  8. So good! I've enjoyed reading all of these poems in a form I'd never even heard of!

  9. Blaze and decay...such truth!


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