She told me to write a sestina.
I looked at her with my eyes wide open
“a sestina?” I asked.
“Surely you mean Siesta,” I told her.
She growled from her umbilicus,
and the growl went all the way up to her eyes.
‘Child’, she said; “you cannot be in this class
if you cannot write sestina!” she proclaimed
So, I went to the front of the class, and taking a chalk,
I wrote on the board,

I like to make lemonade when I am given lemons!! ©


About Zakiah

I write poetry and some fiction, have a book that was published in 2012. . . Stray Thoughts/Winged Words. I have four grandchildren, ages 16 and half to almost 16 months. I love the ocean, and grew up along the Indian Ocean in South India. I am a retired physician. Don't know much else to say. Thanks for reading. That has been my profile for so many years. My daughter Saadia a great poet and story teller, has two sons; the oldest grandson is now 21 years old, doing architectural engineering at Missouri S&T in Rolla MO. His younger brother is almost 16 and taking driving lessons seriously and is in High School. The other two grandsons, children of my son Sayeed, are 9 and 5. I have recently published another book titled Gulistan, A home of Flowers. It has stories and memories of my childhood and of a distant land which I still consider as my HOME., even though I have lived here in the US for more than fifty years. Hope to see you on my blog.
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12 Responses to SESTINA.. NPM #10

  1. You’re so funny. 🙂

    • Zakiah says:

      The best I could do. I tried it once on xanga, and realized my eyes were going wonky and turned inwards. That’s when I decided all the smarts can be with Sandra, or Val or my daughter Saadia, who like the other two, is an amazing poet. Give me simple down to earth things to talk about I say!

  2. slmret says:

    That’s one way to learn 🙂 ! I love the creativity! And I love Mr. Jay, too!

  3. HA! This made me snort-laugh! 😀
    You’ve written an amazing sestina about sestina! Creative! Smart! Fun!
    And your painting is bright and lovely!
    (((HUGS))) 🙂

  4. murisopsis says:

    I had to laugh! You are too clever! I wish I’d have thought of that when Sandra insisted I write a sestina. It took me quite a few years to lose the stutter that the thought of the ssssesssstina brought!

  5. mrswrangler says:

    Beautiful painting to go along with your poem.

  6. kim says:

    Lemonade? Your wonderful painting (& poem) surely looks more like a martini. Poor Zakiah…here’s hoping it was a good martini!!! 😉

  7. I love the drawing and the humour in your poem. A siesta should be part of our daily routine.

  8. Rupali says:

    I love the painting.

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