NaPoWriMo : The Happy Sad Game

Jaibala/ April 24, 2014/ Poetry/ 8 comments

Today’s Prompt for the NaPoWriMo was, ”

Today’s prompt (optional, as always), is an oldie-but-a-goodie: the homophonic translation. Find a poem in a language you don’t know, and translate it into English based on the look of the words and their sounds. For example, here are three lines from a poem by the Serbian poet Vasko Popa:

Posle radnog vremena
Radnici su umorni
Jedva cekaju da stignu u barake

I might translate this into English as

Post-grad eggnog, ramen noodles.
Nikki in the morning,
jacket just stuck with brakes.

That doesn’t make a lot of sense, but it does give me some new words and ideas to play with. Happy writing!”

Deviating from the prompt a little bit. I had written a poem in Marathi which I always wanted to translate to English. So attempting that Today.


Happiness flew in like a gust,
I thought I would collect it all;
I tried my hardest to gather it,
But can we catch that after all?

I closed my hands around it,
But I caught sadness instead;
The happiness that I’d sought,
Slipped out like grains of sand.

I attempted to catch happiness,
But only sadness came to me,
It took me a while to realize that
They are from the same family.

In this game of happy and sad,
I lost myself without a thought;
I am yet to understand this …
Why can’t there be happiness,
without sadness, when sought?

Listed below are my fellow NaPoWriMo Participants – – Nirmal – Sfurti  – Janaki – Pooja – count –  Naina – Rohan – Karan – Rinzu – Vinay  – Nithya – Preeti



About Jaibala

Academically a Microbiologist, I am a Web Columnist for popular magazines and websites, Freelance Writer and a Blogger. Words define me and writing and reading compete to be the love of my life. My biggest belief is that there is something good in everything and I always looks to highlight the best in things. Creative writing is my forte.You can reach me by dropping a mail at


  1. Super super and super.

    1. Thanks, Thanks and Thanks 🙂

  2. Why can’t there be happiness,
    without sadness, when sought?

    I guess it’s so that we appreciate every bit of joy that comes our way. Besides, sadness and pain etc. in a funny way makes us stronger too, don’t they?

    1. I agree they do make us strong. But there are moments of weakness where you begin to wonder 🙂

  3. So many times even my heart wonders about it. But over and over again I have realized I like the taste of happiness only because I have had the bitterness of broken heart. Do share the marathi poem, would love to read it 🙂

    1. Somewhere deep down even I realise that but just cant help wonder. Yes will share the Marathi poem with you post April 🙂

  4. It’s like the yin-yang, Jb. Balance of things to keep one from overwhelming the other. It happens with other things too. For every bitter word, u get a praise from somewhere else. Etc. Just go with it. Don’t search too deep for meanings and lose the happiness that comes with the journey.

    1. Yes, I guess I am too much of an over thinker. Need to remind Myself of Yin-Yang. Maybe keep repeating that to myself on and on 🙂

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