So it is a Sunday as this month of challenges ends, and with the letter Z planned for today, I decided to twist my usual Sunday title just a bit, as I zoom in for a closer look at the beautiful zari and go on amazing adventures with Zog!!
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Poetic Sundays: Zooming in on Zari
Zealous for Zari
Zari in my saree
Zari in my dress
Of silk and metals.
With threads of gold and silver so bright,
Zari embroidery gleams in the light,
A craft that has stood the test of time,
Its beauty and intricacy truly sublime.
From Kashmir to Kanyakumari,
Zari embroidery tells a story,
Of a rich culture and heritage so divine,
And the artisans who’ve kept it alive.
In India, it’s more than just a craft,
Be it Kanchi, Banaras, Mysore, or Ikat;
And with every stitch that’s woven in gold,
Zari embroidery’s story is forever told.
I overheard someone say
I have paati’s silk saris, so many
Gathering dust for days and days
I am thinking I will set them free!
I simply could not stop myself
Had to rescue her from herself
Paati’s saris come with zari of pure gold
Show that her wealth was untold
A precious heirloom passed down with care
Woven intricately, beyond compare,
Think before you leap here
For paati’s saris – they are treasure!
She replied then “thank you! That is nice
To hear; indeed, it is a sweet surprise!
I now take back all I said before..
Patti’s saris I will now truly adore!”
Back from the Aside!
Be it zari in my silk saree or a silk dress
Donning any of this makes me elegant and gracious
And my paati’s saris I really and truly cherish
Just like my own, that I hope to pass on, not let perish.
So let’s embrace this timeless art,
And cherish it with all our heart,
For in its beauty and elegance so fine,
Zari’s importance will always shine.
~ Vidya Tiru @ LadyInReadWrites
The Day 30 Prompts I Wove in With Zeal and With my Zari for a Poetry-sari!
NaPoWriMo’s prompt is to write a palinode – a poem in which you retract a view or sentiment expressed in an earlier poem. For example, you might pick a poem you drafted earlier in the month and write a poem that contradicts or troubles it. This could be an interesting way to start working on a series of related poems. Alternatively, you could play around with the idea of a palinode by writing a poem in which the speaker says something like “I take it back” or otherwise abandons a prior position within the single poem.
While the April PAD prompt at Writer’s Digest is to write a surprise poem
References and Further Reading
- Wikipedia page about Zari embroidery
- Zari Work (Utsavpedia)
My Z Books
Zog by Julia Donaldson and illustrated by Axel Scheffler (Children’s Rhyming Fiction | 2 – 4 years, and up)
Description: Zog, a young accident-prone dragon, who wants to be the best student in dragon school, is the keenest dragon in the school, but will he ever win a golden star?
My Quick Thoughts: So much fun and so very cute! Plus, it is book one of a series, and as a bonus, there is a TV movie based on the series. You can rent or buy it on Prime Video.
Zoom! Zoom! Zoom! I’m Off to the Moon!
Zoom! Zoom! Zoom! I’m Off to the Moon! by Dan Yaccarino (Children’s Rhyming Picture Books | 5- 6 years, and up)
Description: Combines short, rhyming text and bold, vibrant illustrations that portray a boy astronaut and his fabulous rocketship as they blast into space for an out-of-this-world adventure.
My Quick Thoughts: A fun read that is sure to inspire imaginations and future astronauts! And also with enough of scientific accuracy to give young readers a peek into space travel.
On My Blog & at Home
My recent posts since and including my last Sunday Scribblings. Each letter of the alphabet features a poetic form for the letter as well as one or more books (poetry related).
- Yam By the Yamuna: You Alone With the Yazh So Amazing
- X for eXcellent Dashavatara! + eXploring eXploding Gravy in Xanadu
- Wondrous Warli Art: Like When Clouds Touch Earth
- Voice of Vishnu Sharma: A Visit to the Wonderful Art of Intelligent Living
- Udayana: Unrivaled Love and Undefeated, Rising Up From Losses
- Tamil: Today I am a Tree-bute to this Wonderful Timeless Language
- Sunday Scribblings #144: Unfounded Fears in a Book Lover’s Mind
On My Blog & Homefront
Done with April’s month long challenges and now on to May which brings new possibilities…
This Week’s Celebrations
Literary Celebrations (close-to-it also!)
- Literary birthdays this first week of May include: Joseph Heller, Karen Thompson Walker on May 1st; Jerome K Jerome on the 2nd; Niccolò Machiavelli on the 3rd; Robin Cook and Graham Swift on the 4th; Scott Westerfeld on the 5th; Orson Welles on the 6th; Angela Carter, Robert Browning, Peter Carey, Deborah Wiles, and Rabindranath Tagore on the 7th
- May 1st is National Mother Goose Day
- May 5th is National Cartoonists Day
- World Press Freedom Day is on the 3rd of May
- May 4th is International Firefighters’ Day
- The first Saturday in May celebrates Free Comic Book Day and National Scrapbook Day
- May is Better Speech and Language Month and National Get Caught Reading Month
- May begins with National Chocolate Parfait Day on the 1st
- May 2nd is National Truffle Day
- National Chocolate Custard Day and National Raspberry Popover Day are on May 3rd
- May 4th is National Candied Orange Peel Day and National Orange Juice Day
- National Totally Chipotle Day is on Cinco de Mayo
- May 6th is National Beverage Day and National Crepe Suzette Day as well as International No Diet Day
- The 7th of May, being the first Sunday in May, is also National Lemonade Day
- May 3rd is National Two Different Colored Shoes Day and National Teacher Appreciation Day
- Bird Day is on the 4th, and since it is May the 4th, is also National Star Wars Day
- May 5th is National Astronaut Day and African World Heritage Day
Wrapping Up My Sunday Scribblings
Linking up to NaPoWriMo, and the Ultimate Blog Challenge. Also linking this to the Sunday Post over at the Caffeinated Reviewer and the Sunday Salon
20 thoughts on “Zunday Zcribblings#145: Zooming in on Zari with amaZing Zog!”
This year in the A to Z I have connected with a number of bloggers as well as you, who post on multiple challenges and my inbox fills with the same names. I used to write only in April and fizzle out on the Road trip but since I am now in a writing group, have finished one novel, writing some poetry you have inspired me to try and extend my blogging this year…
Also I love threads and yarns so I loved this post!
I love Zog, what a cute dragon… my neice would love this story. Love the play on the letter Z too.
I loved how you delved into the world of Zari and explored its intricate details with Amazing Zog. The insights you shared were unique and engaging, making it a thoroughly enjoyable read.
And there you are—you have made it to Z! Congratulations.
I especially like your Z books.
Ha ha ha I love your Z post, so much fun! Beautiful poems too 🙂
What am amazing poem! I’m not usually one to read them but yours is special.
I have some nieces and nephews who I know would love this story. They love dragons. I’ll have to check out this book and show them.
These are nice poems. I enjoyed reading them and look forward to more.
I really enjoyed learning about Zari and her amazing zog. It’s always interesting to read about different cultures and traditions, and this post provided some great insights.
What a great post! Loving the poem and the Zog book, my daughter loves to read and I’m sure she would really enjoy reading about Zog the dragon!
Love the Z books! Will check them out for my nephew.
What a great poem. Thank you for sharing.
I loved this post, the poem seemed like a fun and a nice peek into the cultural importance of sarees.
Such awesome poems! I remember creating a poem for a project in elementary and although it was hard, it was fun as well.
My nephews will love this story for sure! Zog the dragon is so cute!
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I see that you got the pingback to my cento with your final lines. Thank you for your words! Enjoy!
Those are some amazing poems. Those books look like the kiddos would enjoy them!
These sre such awesome poems! My son would really love this for sure! Thanks for sharing this with us
This is a beautiful collection of poems, thank you so much for sharing them with us