A day's routine: in sestina

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A day's routine: in sestina

My day starts with a cup of tea hot 
Its steam ‘n steamy headlines in papers help boil the day’s plot 
Nine to five make all efforts to achieve my day’s aims 
Mind and body both it usually strains 
Motto is to stick as far to the present 
weaving past and future into its crescent. 

Romance in evening is aided by the moon crescent 
Red wine shots make it more hot 
After dinner it is time to reassess the present 
Tomorrow somehow sneaks into the plot 
A warm shower helps to drain the day’s strains 
Helping me renew my energy and aims.

I retire to my study to fulfill my imagery aims 
To indulge in poems while admiring the moon’s crescent 
which plays hide and seek with the clouds, and my eye strains 
The scene in which the cupid’s arrows start hitting her hot 
I get charged and run to find my own love’s plot 
find her at terrace as she viewed the moon crescent at present. 

Dreams of love and happiness we give each as present 
But how does that help in the achievement of aims? 
I try to scratch my head but do not get the plot 
For the things of heart have invisible connection with moon crescent
The resulting low and high tides blow us cold and hot 
In equal measure, causing us happiness and strains.

I try to sleep counting my happiness but wishing away the strains
I also pray to god that I stay rooted in the present 
Over so many days I learnt not to worry unless iron is hot 
this can happen if we get clear cut ability to decipher those damn aims
but things start to get hazy when out comes the moon crescent 
and my attention gets tuned to the music that bush crickets yonder plot. 

Falling off to sleep I am forced to loosen the strings of my plot 
Off I meander on slopes which sprout flowers of different strains 
From the slopes I can jump and closer feel the glow of the crescent 
Becoming the king and receiving the queens in present 
Having achieved everything I am left with no more aims
That is when I wake up to see next day’s sun turning hot.

Plotting the day’s programme again requires mind to be present 
strains and stresses apart keeping a focus on the charted aims
Crescent moon providing the romantic touch later, with these expectations hot. 

12.6.2014
Contest The Sestina Challenge
Sponsor: Jared Pickett

Copyright © | Year Posted 2014

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  1. Date: 6/28/2014 9:22:00 AM
    Very glad to read your a day's routine. By the way in which state of India you live in. I am from Gujarat. Good luck in the contest, Mohan

    Chutani Avatar Mohan Chutani
    Date: 6/28/2014 10:07:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Dr. Ram, Thank you for your wishes. I live in New Delhi. Mohan
  1. Date: 6/28/2014 4:36:00 AM
    A busy day!!! congrats on the win!!

    Chutani Avatar Mohan Chutani
    Date: 6/28/2014 4:41:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Sure, Thanks Vandana.
  1. Date: 6/28/2014 12:32:00 AM
    Congratulations on a great entry and win. Love, Joyce

    Chutani Avatar Mohan Chutani
    Date: 6/28/2014 4:41:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thanks Joyce.
  1. Date: 6/27/2014 9:08:00 AM
    well done Mohan ..Congrats..Seren

    Chutani Avatar Mohan Chutani
    Date: 6/28/2014 4:40:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thank you Seren
  1. Date: 6/13/2014 2:18:00 PM
    Reads like a winner to me but of course, I would have to have a form outline on this one to see if a person did it correct..Thanks for the visit to my page..Sara

    Chutani Avatar Mohan Chutani
    Date: 6/13/2014 8:05:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Sara Thank you for your wishes. I tried to follow the prescribed form. Mohan
  1. Date: 6/12/2014 5:19:00 PM
    Mohan, wishing you luck in Jared's contest. I find the imagery a little seducing. Amazing write, I love it ~SKAT~

    Chutani Avatar Mohan Chutani
    Date: 6/12/2014 6:59:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Skat, this is my first attempt at a sestina. The form is challenging. sometimes you end up with that was not originally intended but end result is good and funny. Feel encouraged by your visit and comments. Mohan