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Sunday Scribblings #161: From the Heart: Seven Lines, Seven Seas

September 15th through October 14th is National Hispanic Heritage Month so as my mind wanders over seven seas having returned from India a few days ago, I decided to pick a form that will allow me to shift focus and also weave in a not so subtle salute to Hispanic heritage. So here is something from the heart: seven lines actually that let me sail across the seven seas through words.

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Poetic Sundays: Seven Lines of the Seguidilla: From the Heart

As I mentioned already, the poetic form this week is the Spanish seguidilla, which allows for a change in tone or focus in the middle of the poem. That aspect of the form helps me deal with the varied feelings I have been having over the past few weeks.

The seguidilla is also an old Castilian folksong and dance form with various regional variations across Spain (source).

So What is the Seguidilla?

The Seguidilla is a traditional Spanish poetic form that consists of short stanzas with a specific rhyme and syllable pattern. It is known for its lively and rhythmic quality.

The Seguidilla’s Characteristics

So the seguidilla’s elements are that at its most basic, it is:

  • stanzaic: has one or more septets (7 lines). Each septet is split into two parts.
  • syllabic: syllable count of 7/5/7/5 / 5/7/5 across the seven lines
  • rhymed: by assonance xaxabxb or xaxabab. x being unrhymed
  • composed with a change in tone or focus between lines 4 and 5; and also a pause/end stop here

My Seguidilla Attempt

Nights of Worry, Days of Hope
(Bridging Oceans: From the Heart)

News across seas are a blend
~ hope fear mom so weak
I worry, in night’s quiet,
As illness shrouds her in dreams.
My girl’s goals ~ bright bold,
We work on them, in earnest,
As hope’s tales unfold.
~ Vidya @ LadyInReadWrites

Six Degrees: From Invisible Lives to Invisible Elephants

A really late entry for Six Degrees this month but want to keep it going, and I was able to think of linking titles pretty quick this time around.

Here is my six degrees: Wifedom –> The Zookeeper’s Wife –> Life of Pi –> The Girl Who Rowed the Ocean –> The Girl Who Escaped from Auschwitz –> The Elephant’s Girl –> The Invisible Elephant –> Wifedom: Mrs. Orwell’s Invisible Life

Wifedom –> The Zookeeper’s Wife

The link: The word ‘wife‘!

As always, I am yet to read the book that is starting off this month’s six degrees – Wifedom – and given all the literary connections, I think I will be picking it up soon.

As for The Zookeeper’s Wife, I loved the book (and also the movie). Here is my book vs movie comparison post for this.

The Zookeeper’s Wife –> Life of Pi

The link: Zookeepers.

Pi’s dad in Life of Pi is a zookeeper too, and if you have read the book or watched the movie, you will know this one starts off in a zoo. A book I wanted to keep reading, and a movie that seemed larger than life. You can check more of my thoughts on the book and movie here.

Life of Pi –> The Girl Who Rowed the Ocean

The link: A character who rowed the ocean!

I realized I never posted a review for this book after reading it, but did write about it as I started reading it (and loved it!)

The Girl Who Rowed the Ocean –> The Girl Who Escaped from Auschwitz

‘The girl who’ of course is the link!

The Girl Who Escaped from Auschwitz is a current read, and like with other WWII reads, one that tugs and tugs at heartstrings but I need to keep reading it. Plus, it is based on a true story, which means those tugs are really strong ones.

The Girl Who Escaped from Auschwitz –> The Elephant’s Girl

The link: Still keeping it with the ‘girl’

The Elephant’s Girl was a powerful, wonderful read.. I mention it in this post featuring another book titled The Elephant Girl

The Elephant’s Girl –> The Invisible Elephant

The link: Elephant.. and somehow more relevant given we are celebrating Lord Ganesha this week

The Invisible Elephant is a sweet, heartwarming, and powerful children’s chapter book with gorgeous and creative illustrations that are sure inspire discussions about disabilities and the ways we can help, and the power of imagination!

The Invisible Elephant –> Wifedom: Mrs. Orwell’s Invisible Life

Closing the circle with the ‘invisible‘ ink, I mean, link!


On My Blog and the Homefront

We dropped off my son at his off-campus apartment. The last few days prior to this were last minute buys and packing, and finally he is settled into his new space. His roommates are moving in over the week so he got first dibs on fridge and kitchen cabinet space for his stuff!!

Hoping for miracles and coming to terms with realities as my mom continues to fight a valiant battle against the dreaded C. On the one hand, I am glad I got the opportunity to spend a month with her; and on the other, I keep hoping I get another chance to spend a month with her even a couple of years from now.

Upcoming: More From the Heart

On My Blog and On the Homefront

Will try to keep posting as writing does help me keep myself occupied. As I mentioned in a previous post, these months also bring with them various events. This week is in celebration of Lord Ganesha, the remover of obstacles and the one we worship first. I am sure to be sending him an extra prayer for my mom.


Literary Celebrations (close-to-it also!)

  • Literary birthdays this week include: Samuel Johnson on the 18th of September; Rebecca Skloot, Penelope Mortimer, William Golding and Salil Chowdhury on the 19th of Sept; George R.R. Martin, Jude Deveraux, Upton Sinclair on Sept 20th; H.G. Wells, Leonard Cohen, Stephen King on the 21st of Sept; Ramdhari Singh Dinkar on the 23rd; F. Scott Fitzgerald on Sept 24th
  • It is Read an eBook Day on the 18th of September.
  • Followed by Talk Like a Pirate Day on September 19 
  • Sept 22nd is Hobbit Day and Dear Diary Day (one that lets you speak from the heart of course!)
  • Well, I got to know this: on the 24th, of this month – that is September – it’s National Punctuation Day

Foodie Celebrations

Other Celebrations and Observations

Related Reads: Some From the Heart

Wrapped Up: My Sunday Scribblings

So dear reader, you have reached the end of this Sunday Scribblings! As always, I welcome your thoughts, comments, and suggestions about this post. Will you be attempting the seguidilla? And, of course, do let me know if you plan to celebrate any of these mentioned celebrations this coming week/month?

Linking this to the Sunday Post over at the Caffeinated Reviewer and the Sunday Salon

Poetic Sundays: Seven Lines of the Seguidilla: From the Heart

12 thoughts on “Sunday Scribblings #161: From the Heart: Seven Lines, Seven Seas

  1. I will have to get some of these books you mentioned!

    We dropped off our son at college too. He also has roommates and it seems to be going well.

  2. “From the Heart: Seven Lines, Seven Seas”
    A poetic voyage that beautifully captures the essence of the human spirit and the vastness of our emotions.

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