Prompt: 

Rich Rhyme

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Rich rhymea rhyme using two different words that happen to be homonyms. Homonyms are words which sound alike or are spelt alike but have different meanings. Homonyms can be homophones or homographs.

For example:

  • raise:raze [raise=lift]; [raze=destroy] –sound alike, different spelling or homophones
  • fair:fair (fair=just); (fair=light-coloured)–sound alike, same spelling or homographs

Here’s an example of a rich rhyme by Sheena Jain (Fryme entry)
The old man walks around with a stick
Looking for a postage stamp to stick
On prayers that he keeps light
To reach God at speed of light.

Please note:

  • The rhyme scheme is your choice. It can be AABB, ABAB, ABBA…as long as the rhyming words are homonyms
  • Keep the syllable counts in check to enhance the beauty of a rhyming poem

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Rules:

1. Based on the above definition, write a 16-line rich rhyme.

2. All poems must have a title.

3. Poem/s must be the entrant’s original work and entries must not have been previously published elsewhere. NO PLAGIARISM, please!

4. You may submit up to 2 entries (or any additional as guest entries). Only entries that garnered an average score of 7.5 and above will be considered for winning. 

5. The poem would be scored on the basis of an average of the below criterion (out of 10)-

(a) use of the theme (10 Points): Originality and creativity in interpretation and incorporation of the theme are demonstrated.

(b) Emotional Impact (10 Points): The poem evokes emotion and allows for a suspension of disbelief.

(c) Message (10 Points): The poem’s message is unique, fresh, and moving.

(d) Form and Flow (10 Points): The poem is structured in a powerful way on the page.

(e) Use of Language (10 Points): The language employed is mined for maximum expression, word choices are creative and effective, figurative language (metaphor, simile etc.) are fresh and unique.

6. Entries appearing on personal blogs or other platforms before the announcement of results stand disqualified from the event.

7. Send your poems to penmagica@gmail.com with the subject as “Entry for PenMuse-09” in a word document along with your bio in 2-3 lines (in the third person) — need not to send if previously sent, lest you need it updated. You may also submit the cover of your poem (optional).

8. The closing date of the event is July 20, 2019 (Saturday). Results will be announced on July 27, 2019 (Saturday).

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Check the submitted poems here:

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Separation Anxiety

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Ode to My Dad

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Proposal on Wheels

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Maiden

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Goodbye

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God Save Our Daughters

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Purr’-fect Palls

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Hitched or Ditched 

John was joyful today, he sure was gay He married Tom, Yes! both were gay. Holly hitched a sales man ...
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I Still Hope

I believe, life is a beautiful present I try to give my best in the present Usually, it engulfs me ...
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Birdwatcher

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The Umbilical Bond

We both swimmed through her vein, Mom was worried in vain. Happy to be, Dad new, Mom blushed and said ...
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Love Actually 

Love actually, I found at the beach, When there she was, on a seat made of beech, Gorgeous Oh! Such ...
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Those months – Eight!

One day she woke up, found herself bald Oh how she cried, she sobbed, she bawled Her lustrous tresses were ...
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Need of the Hour

Molested, abducted by our own son, Why can’t a woman just wallow in sun? Exalt female deity as idol, Female ...
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A Heart of Rock

Her soul was wrecked, her body weak when she heard the cry of her first son He came in premature ...
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Words’ Worth

Its an irony, I find tough to spell, Even after having a decent spell; Is there an existence of a ...
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Unrequited love – A wish that never came true!

I wish you would have accepted my rose.. My plummeting fortune would have rose.. I wish you liked the picturesque ...
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My Soul Companion

Sitting on the beach by the deep blue sea Into the gleaming, orange horizon we see The blue of the ...
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Songs of Sagacity

Arjun stood lost, muddled was his soul, Gopal poised by him, as his mentor sole. Battle had begun, conches were ...
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Alluring Spring

Winter moves its inert, torpid weight, Spring dryads flutter after long wait. Wind's whippets wilt to trivial whine, Relish mellow ...
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Men in Blue

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Woman, Unbound

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Masai Mara

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Loss of innocence

The icy bitter winds blew, Across the indifferent expanse blue, Painful memories ripped my soul, As the sharp blades of ...
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Anger

Furious eyes blaze like scalding steel Lips spew fire, tempers are raised, Turmoil and rage plunder and steal Sanity of ...
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My Solo Trip

I started my journey on a winding road As spirited as a traveller sole Eager to satiate my weary soul ...
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Lesson Won

Once I had a function somewhere And not a decent dress to wear Looking in the mirror, I couldn’t bear ...
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The Martyr’s Wife

Hand in hand, they had walked on by,But today they bid a final good bye,Here on this cold and dreary ...
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The Heir

He let a pregnant pause hang in the air Then he picked the will, named the heir The lawyer was ...
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Dream Found and Lost

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A Fish Tale

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Forbidden Dreams

All around like a little fly Buzzing through the good old park I let my delusions and fancies fly All ...
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