In October, Daastan released Zoha Khalid’s poetry collection: Rhyming Life. Her book inspired team Daastan to have a Poetry Challenge amongst ourselves. It was all fun and games until we decided to take it to the next level and include our Instagram followers too! We were overwhelmed by the number of entries and amount of talent you all have shown us.
Poetry Challenge – Prompt:
The prompt for our October Poetry Challenge was- Erlebnisse (n.) the experiences, positive or negative, that we feel most deeply, and through which we truly live; not mere experiences but experiences. After a lot of thought, we finally decided a prompt that we felt was an interesting choice.
On that note, we’d like to share extracts from the poems of the winning individuals.
Rains and Bliss and Joy
“The mind wandering back in the memory’s lane,
Why does this season unbolt nostalgia’s gate?”
“I see no stars, no light, and no hope.
Would you be my Sun? Before I erode?
It’s a war, which no one knows.
This was a glimpse, unlike your reality shows.”
I could live in a world,
Where I don’t have to pretend,
Living my life my own way.”
We’re not going to lie, selecting just 3 people as winners was one of the hardest decisions our editors had to take in the month of October! All the entries submitted were remarkably well written and we’d like to thank everyone who participated. Good job, you all!
We’re also planning to create a December prompt for everyone who couldn’t participate the first Poetry Challenge. Stay tuned and keep looking out our Instagram page for the upcoming Poetry Challenge!