INFORM POETS – NAANI
We’re having another go with the poetic form NAANI.
The NAANI is one of India’s most popular Telugu forms introduced by poet Dr. N. Gopi, and the last time I checked, Naani still means “expression of one and all.” It consists of 4 lines, totalling 20 to 25 syllables. It is generally untitled, although the subject may be inferred in the first line. The poem is not bound to a particular subject, but is often about human relations.
Many people walk on tiptoe, skirting
around words they long to say,
We offer love
expressing our hearts
to each other. We offer our hearts
expressing the love they bear!
© Walter J. Wojtanik – 2016