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Monochrome Melodies

by Gowri Bhargav

Fragrance from roses seems to wane,

My melancholic monologues are meek,

Myriad melodies in monochrome tones mourn,

My dreams with you have drowned in vain.


Vain verses of mine are unheard,

They weep silently ‘midst looming shadows,

Disjointed, they stray towards territories parched,

Into ashes they are shattered.


Shattered, my fervent heart does plea,

Wrapped in solitude I wilt day by day,

Dirges I mumble dance with a deluge of tears,

And reek ‘neath stagnant streams sadly.


Sadly, pleas don’t bridge our distance,

Yearnings of my soul diffuse in anguish,

My Love! How can I move on when I’m still stranded?

My strained breaths harbor your fragrance.



The above poem secured second place in monthly poetry contest held by Penmancy.  It is written in the poetry form Remyla Rhyme.

It was first published here;


RemyLa Rhyme

Created by Laura Lamarca, and named after her daugher Remy Lawren, RemyLa Rhyme is a four-stanza poem. Its features include:


Each stanza has four lines.

The syllable count per stanza is 8/10/12/8,

The rhyme scheme is abca defd ghig jklj.

The first word of stanza 1 must also be the last word of stanza 4.

The last word of stanza 1 must also be the first word of stanza 2 and the last word of stanza 2 must be the first word of stanza 3. Finally, the last word of stanza 3 must also be the first word of stanza 4.


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