Pebbles & Petals

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‘Pebbles & Petals’ is an anthology of relatable and engaging poems compiled to take the reader along on a journey.


The first part of the collection has verses revolving around pithy observations expressed with hints of sarcasm. These thoughts originate from an objective viewpoint. The second part, in contrast, deals with verses built on an emotional voyage, taking the reader through stages of coping.


Overall, the ideas explored are the experiences of young adults as they venture into the world to discover the peculiarities of society and the nature of human beings.

 
Cover Photo by Manohar Koviri

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  1. Pebbles & Petals

  2. Sacrifice

  3. Plastic

  4. Hammer & Chisel

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Poem I

Pebbles & Petals


“Pebbles & Petals” by Edlyn D’souza is a metaphorical poem with layers of significance left to the reader’s interpretation.

The poem describes the qualities of diverse objects and their symbolism in the world. The poet intends to discuss the conjunction of contrast and the perspectives from which they are viewed.

 
Cover Photo by Manohar Koviri

Hard, broken, worn out and cold.

Beauty which will ever so softly unfold.


Subtle shades of monochrome hues.

Vibrant blossoms adorned with dews.


Fragmented, shattered, but ever so strong.

Last but only till the end of summer’s song.


Paves the way for your best foot forward.

Adorns the path for those to be honoured.


A game of Tic Tac Toe for the children you chide.

A shower of blessings to welcome the blushing bride.


Helped David bring down Goliath with just a humble sling.

Sweet nectar for birds and the bees that sing.


Hatred, riots, death of the dove.

A gesture of goodwill, from those who come with love.


I closed my eyes and thought from every perspective.

Would two things so different ever meet for a single objective?


So, when the time comes for my soul to finally rest…

cover my grave with pebbles and lay petals on my chest.

 

Credits

This contribution is reviewed by Gayatri Sharma & Nikhila Kotni, proofread by Sreekar Ayyagari, & photographed by Pankaj Tottada.

 

Poem II

Sacrifice


Many of us attribute our decisions and choices to the game of life, only for someone else to pay the price.


“Sacrifice” by Edlyn D’souza speaks about the comparison between the mindsets and motives that influence such decisions. Though intentions bear a stark contrast, the consequences when someone gets hurt might not differ as much in proportion.

 

Sacrifices must be made. Lives must be lost. If this is a game, I must win at all costs.

Sacrifices just have to be made. I’m forced to give up a lot. With a soul that cries from within, I offer you all that I’ve got. ​

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I’ll take my time, find the weakest link. Killed my conscience long ago. Killing you, I wouldn’t blink.


I’ll take my time, To cherish you all day. You’ve always been my dearest. With a heavy heart, I must send you away.


Manipulation and deceit, I’ll trap the chosen one. With the swing of an axe, my job here is done.


A hug and a prayer, you go to a better place. I look away, to hide the pain and shame on my face.

We’ve all been there, on someone's chopping block. Been hurt and betrayed, left in shock. ​

When it’s all said and done, it’s left to the vote. Were you the Sacrificial Lamb, or the Scapegoat? ~ someone who has been wronged​


We’ve all been there, with someone’s head on our chopping block. Had them hurt and betrayed, left in shock. ​

When it’s all said and done, it’s left to the vote. Were they the Sacrificial Lamb, or the Scapegoat? ~ someone who has wronged another.

 

Credits

This contribution is reviewed by Gayatri Sharma & Nikhila Kotni, proofread by Sreekar Ayyagari, & photographed by Manohar Koviri.

 

Poem III

Plastic


We live in a world polluted by unnatural materials and meaningless possessions. Looking around, it is easy to spot the plastics in our environment, but it does not seem to be much different when we look within.


“Plastic” by Edlyn D’souza talks about how we watch and react to the world around us deteriorating, but it does not seem to be much different when we look inside.

 
Cover Photo by Pankaj Tottada

Plastic goods meant for use and throw, to be meaninglessly disposed as along you go. Plastic covers, some meant to hide, others made to protect, what's enclosed inside. Plastic articles, convenient - for your ease, to be discarded and replaced as you please. Plastic planet, being filled each day, with everything we’re trying to throw away.


Plastic smiles

meant for use and throw,

to be meaninglessly disposed

as along you go.


Plastic conversations,

some meant to hide,

others made to protect,

what's enclosed inside.


Plastic alliances,

convenient - for your ease,

to be discarded and replaced

as you please.


Plastic minds,

being filled each day,

with everything we’re trying

to throw away.


~ someone plastic

 

Credits

This contribution is reviewed by Gayatri Sharma & Nikhila Kotni, proofread by Sreekar Ayyagari, & photographed by Pankaj Tottada.

 

Poem IV

Hammer & Chisel


Everyone lets people around them shape and influence their future when they are young. In doing so, an exceptional core or a failed spirit is equally possible based on the intentions of their chiselers.


“Hammer & Chisel” by Edlyn D’souza talks about how it is always best to be cautious, aware and confident of the intentions of people we trust as long as the choice is within grasp.

 
Cover Photo by Pankaj Tottada

One sets the target,

the other brings the force.

Each strike, a rhythm –

set to the aim of a tone.


Every chip and chisel endured

…as stubborn and strong

as the rock may be.

The visionary chipping away at the imperfections.

The strategist chiselling at the vulnerabilities.


A mere object subjected to an objective.

The forbearing, have hardships borne.

The goal –

either an exceptional creation

or someone being deliberately torn.


What becomes of the rock

will all depend…

on the ones who hold the tools

and what they intend.


~ someone being chipped away.

 

Credits

This contribution is reviewed by Gayatri Sharma & Nikhila Kotni, proofread by Sreekar Ayyagari, & photographed by Pankaj Tottada.

 

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This anthology is available in paperback & ebook.




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