April 2020 was unusual. The A to Z Challenge, one of the biggest for the blogging world, commenced in the midst of the COVID-19 crisis. Life in the time of this pandemic has been anything but a bed of roses. Uncommon, atypical circumstances have marred everyday living. Yes, some of us around the world have been better equipped to deal with this new life but only ‘better’. There is no one who is not vulnerable…much more than before.
Well, despite all odds, the blogging community came together to brave it out by writing once again with Arlee Bird and Richa Singh coming to their rescue. Gratitude to both. As everyone else, I decided to take the plunge too.
HISTORY IN POETRY
The chosen theme was more of a coincidence than a choice. Poetry and history, both are bae. I was mostly dilly dallying between the two. Different poetic forms definitely were one up, but on and off history would reappear and cry hoarse betrayal. It was hard to choose, so I decided to take both of them along in this journey.
It wasn’t an easy task. I started work around the 20th of March and by the end of the month I had roughly seven posts ready. Enough to add that dash of confidence. If there is someone, I must express gratitude to, for the innumerable ideas, it has to be my son who I feel has the soul of a historian and a litterateur but who himself believes that he is a man of science and reason. Most of my posts emerged out of stories narrated by him and further researched by me. Another man who I must thank is Phil Mason for his book Napoleon’s Hemorrhoid’s and Other Small Events that Changed History. My pieces were much influenced by this book. Finally, my husband who was the first reader and critic of every single post. Parents, they say, can’t get enough of their children. Thanks to my parents and sister who shared each post of mine relentlessly and over and over again… sometimes without even realizing it!
Some of my poems revolved around women from history and they were much appreciated. I was even asked if I have deep interest in stories of women and whether I specifically look for tales of courage. Maybe. It’s hard to say. I don’t think I looked for something specific, but when I found one, I had this urge to tell it to the world.
Looking back at the A to Z Challenge 2020, I feel thankful and glad. Thankful that I was able to complete the challenge, for all the love received by the blog and for the fellow bloggers who I hope to meet again and again in this virtual space. I discovered some amazing talent, beautiful writing pieces and added tons of data to my storehouse of information. I will most likely be assembling the posts in the form of an ebook under Blogchatter’s Book Carnival. I hope to receive your support in that venture.
Three cheers for the blogging community and these amazing bloggers. Do check out their blogs and show some love!
Thank you. Love and safety to all!
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