Monday, 27 July 2015

In Memoriam




His each breath

Taught us to live

A life with purpose

To birth dream in our hearts

We light our torch from your wings**

No was Next Opportunity

And FAIL was First Attempt In Learning

Let these words penetrate deep in our bones

(I used the Etheree form, which is an unrhymed syllable counting form. It begins with a first line of one syllable and continues for ten lines increasing the syllable count by one each line.)


*In memory of our beloved former President of India, Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam, who was a great teacher, an eminent scholar and scientist and a wonderful leader who passed away last night of a heart attack while he was speaking on “Livable Planet”


**Wings of Fire, autobiography of Dr. Kalam


Posted for the word prompt “Teach” @ APED


Shared with The Tuesday Platform @ Real Toads


  1. A good man.. he was the inspiration behind the development of light weight callipers for people with polio using material from his rocket projects - an accomplishment that gave him much joy. A nation mourns his passing.

  2. He sounds like a great man, Sumana. So true that failing is the first step in learning. And...there may be no better time to die than to die when one is doing what one loves!

  3. To light that torch and carry it on is the greatest tribute that you could give such a man.

  4. Such a beautiful response to the form of etheree :D

  5. I think it is a very fine thing to be remembered as a great teacher!

  6. Oh my goodness, imagine his having a heart attack while speaking - he taught to the last moment of his life. I especially like No is Next Opportunity....very cool.

  7. The form works so well with the sentiment expressed. It's always wonderful when a teacher like that comes into our lives.

  8. I like the meaning of NO and Fail. What a wonderful tribute and his legacy lives on.

  9. Thank you for this lovely reflection. I am sorry to hear about the loss of a teacher, but it seems clear that his legacy is strong. NO! That is wonderful.


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