Allure | #AtoZBloggingChallenge 2023

This is the second time I’m participating in the AtoZ Blogging Challenge—the previous one being in 2016! Through this series, I hope to bring you 26 posts for every letter of the English Alphabet system.

This year, I really pushed myself, to go out of my comfort zone, by taking the plunge to take up this challenge, at a time when I’m neck deep with a whole host of responsibilities on the personal front.

I’m going with micro-poetry—it’s a form that I’m going to be exploring through April and hopefully, beyond, playing upon the myriad moods and emotions of life through the short poetry pieces. The writings are far from perfect, and for someone like me—it’s certainly not the easiest of means to create a montage or a story or a mood in few words—but I’m experimenting, and leaving room for mistakes, too. All in all, am really looking excited to see where this challenge takes me when the month ends!

Here goes my very first one, titled— ALLURE for the letter A:

Brick by brick, layer by layer, word by word, a poem is born. And so is a poet! I’m learning and taking it as it comes.

This is a creative journey, which I hope will inspire folks out there to try out new creative forms today, including things that they are not comfortable with. Mine is here for you to see in my 26 posts—if you’re one of those people who has been trying out something new recently, do please share your story. :))

And btw, I’m looking forward to your honest feedback, so please please spare a few minutes to share your thoughts in the comments below. Thank you in advance.

In case you’re visiting from the A toZ blogging community, may I request you to please also leave the link to your post, so I may visit you back too? Thank you once again!

See you on Monday!



This post is part of the AtoZ April Blogging Challenge 2023, where people blog from April 1st to 30th except for the Sundays (sole exception being the 30th.) Click here to read more about it and to know more about the other blogs participating in the challenge this year.

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  2. Your poem found me on a cobbled street wondering what wizardry is going on inside the shops. The background image used in the image also creates a fantasy setting for me. If only they could return and tell the hitherto untold stories.

  3. What a beautiful start to the challenge, Esha. Your micropoetry is crisp and filled with mystery. You have done a fabulous job, Esha. Can’t wait for today’s micro poem. 🙂

  4. Aha! That’s so intriguing and mysterious!! I am letting my mind wander and it’s painting a lot of different picture!! Great going, Esha!
    I have decided to do this year AtoZ despite a very hectic pace of life… hope to write this entire month! And hope that it gets me back into the writing mode!!

  5. Hey there Esha. I loved this piece and am so happy to see poetry on the challenge. I love how you have connotated Allure with Her – beautiful and mysterious. Great going!!!

    In one of the years that I participated, Sanch Writes had chosen the types of poetry as her theme, and she explained each form with her own composition. That was a total eye-opener as I had no clue how deep and technical this form of writing is.

    I am looking forward to your next one Esha.

  6. Hey Esha,
    I am so happy to read your micro poetry after so long!
    You know, I have always felt intimidated by poetry. I somehow can’t make my way through the words and grasp what they are trying to say–the hidden meaning between the lines fails to catch my eye.
    Your poem sounds mysterious, as in, there’s an element of mystery in it. I may be wrong, but I hope reading your poetry every day of the month helps me understand poetry better.
    Keep going, my dear friend. <3

    1. As someone who writes poetry, I think that this “hidden meaning” you speak of exists mainly in the reader’s mind. Or it may mean that the poet has done a poor job of communicating what it is they meant the poem to convey. Some think poetry is meant to be elusive, enigmatic. It may, in fact, be layered with ambiguity; it may allude to events or cultural phenomena with which the reader isn’t familiar. But good poetry really doesn’t aim to be obscure and inscrutable. (Consider that it may not be your fault if the poem itself is contrived or pretentious.)

      Esha, I might have cut the word “her” and simply said “Allure pulls them in” (or even “seduces them, pulls them in” – this personification of Allure stands on its own, but the word “her” makes me wonder if there’s a woman out there acting as a shill for these galleries and shops, rather than simply Allure, itself.

  7. G’day Esha,
    Thanks for visiting my blog and leaving a comment about the Australian ferns.

    I also find bookshops, museums and archives have an allure for me to find out what is inside and whether I can find an answer to my family history within the doors of the building.

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