Roseate Sonnets Contest: And The Winners Are…! – Learning and Creativity

Honoured to find my poems Trapped and On Felling a Vazha among the winning poems. Thank you Judges Lopa Banerjee, Elizabeth Kuriakose and Dr. Ampat Koshy. Congrats to every one for writing such beautiful Roseate Sonnets and To Dr Koshy for this magnificient triumph of his innovative form.

We are glad and honoured to announce the results of our Roseate Sonnets contest, for which we received an overwhelming response in Learning and Creativity.

Source: Roseate Sonnets Contest: And The Winners Are…! – Learning and Creativity


A Roseate sonnet for Ampat Sir


A spider caught in its own web, must be how God feels.
Battles fought in his own name, something he could never foresee
Trapped in the tangles of creation, I often wonder how he deals.
Peace and beauty- his dreams perhaps, but this world refuses to see.

Things are always out of hand so he has to do his rounds
It must be terrible never to relax, never to be free of tensions
He can’t ever take a break, not while this race abounds
He must be tired to death of such situations

Why did you build this world dear god, you hold a tiger’s tail
Sentenced forever to a prison now, with no one to grant you bail

Reason-starved lawyers rush to defend your case
Outsmarted judges with guns decide to decide your fate
Saviour of an ungrateful world if only in decrepit manuscripts
Existing maybe just to exist as a bedtime myth.
©Reena Prasad

The Roseate Sonnet (form inspired primarily by @Gopali Chakraborty Ghosh’s profile pic of a rose.)

How this form works is like this – you write a sonnet but the last four lines will always form the word ROSE, with R beginning the first line of the last stanza, (a quatrain, note!), O the second line, S the third line, and E the fourth line. The first two stanzas are quatrains and the couplet comes as the third stanza in this new type. The syllables of each line can vary from 8 to 12 or more if need be for the sake of content and rhythm and rhyme is not a necessary adjunct, or metre or blank verse. But the inserted acrostic ROSE appearing at the end is a MUST. This is the first attempt, as far as I know, to tinker with the sonnet form satisfactorily, emerging from South India.
-Dr. A.V Koshy