Distress - Rictameters

Updated on February 20, 2019
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Rinita is a creative writer, with focus on poetry. She delves into several forms including Haiku/Senryu, Sonnets, Free Verse, and Prose.

What Agony Means To Art

It is not just writing, but any form of art, where time and again pain has been the master inspiration. The best songs in the world are those with a haunting melody and heartbreaking lyrics. The best paintings in the world are those that depict misery, wretchedness, and loneliness. The best literature comprises tragic plays such as 'Hamlet'. What is it about agony that brings the best out of an artist? They say that happiness is momentary, but sorrow lasts forever. The joy inside each of us has to work really hard because sorrow takes over quite easily. While it is not advisable to be sad, because we have only one life, no one can deny the way in which pain shapes our character, and brings our true nature out for the world to know, that is, through the medium of art.

The first Rictameter is about this very notion of distress bringing out the best of an artist. The second one is a follow through about deeply intoxicated relationships (a common source of agony), which are revived only in the other world.

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Brings out the best

In any form of art

Rhyming of a poet, colors

Of a vivid painter, unsung music

Subtly bereft of a singer

Last leaf before the snow

Actor portrays


The Rift


Haunting abyss

Downtrodden pain and guilt

Rivers, oceans, and lives apart

At the brink of tumbling down the lone soul

No strings, no ties, can mend the rift

Till eyes close, reach to find

Him that darns the


© 2019 Rinita Sen



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    • Senoritaa profile imageAUTHOR

      Rinita Sen 

      8 weeks ago

      Thank you Umesh ji.

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      Umesh Chandra Bhatt 

      8 weeks ago from Kharghar, Navi Mumbai, India

      Very interesting. Well presented.

    • Senoritaa profile imageAUTHOR

      Rinita Sen 

      12 months ago

      Thank you for your kind comment, Bill.

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      Bill Holland 

      12 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Beautiful! I, too, loved that last line. It is one I will remember for a long time.

    • Senoritaa profile imageAUTHOR

      Rinita Sen 

      13 months ago

      I am glad you felt that way, Mark. I did put the weight of my thoughts on that line. Thanks for stopping by.

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      Mark Tulin 

      14 months ago from Santa Barbara, California

      Rinita, you nailed the last line. Him that darns the chasm.

    • Senoritaa profile imageAUTHOR

      Rinita Sen 

      14 months ago

      Manatita, so good to have you back. HP is not the same when your gentle words are absent. Thank you, and bringing in Shakespeare - I am blessed.

      Dora - I thought I replied to your comment before. Not sure what happened. Thank you for your visit and your agreement.

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      14 months ago from london

      Exquisite poetry and yes, despair helps us. You are fast becoming a Shakespeare of poetry. Hari Om Tat Sat!!

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      Dora Weithers 

      15 months ago from The Caribbean

      Beautiful art form which you handle very well. In total agreement with your insight on the benefit of pain. Thanks for sharing.

    • Senoritaa profile imageAUTHOR

      Rinita Sen 

      15 months ago

      I know, Frank. Thank you for all the support through so many years.

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      Frank Atanacio 

      15 months ago from Shelton

      I had always admired your poetry... and that still hasn't change.. thank you for sharing..

    • Senoritaa profile imageAUTHOR

      Rinita Sen 

      16 months ago

      Thank you, Nuruliffa. Glad you found this form interesting. It is one of my favorites. Thank you for relating to my viewpoints on misery as well. Welcome to Hubpages, and I look forward to reading your work.

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      Nuruliffa Emirah 

      16 months ago

      First of all, I want to say thank you, for introducing a Rictameter poem style to me I never heard of it before, until I saw it at the top of your profile Then, I began to google about Rictameter and tried to write it Reading the poems you wrote and you shared here somehow inspired me Its so poetic and nice chosen words! I especially like the poem - Distress, while the other one The Rift is good too Plus, I can relate to the description about agony in the introduction It's true, indeed, ironically most of us are drawn to such things (agony,distress etc) eventhough they only make us feel down Maybe, its a way to bring out our sensitive part or something? Thats how I see it ~

    • Senoritaa profile imageAUTHOR

      Rinita Sen 

      16 months ago

      Thank you for your kind and generous comment, Verlie, and for your accordance on so many unsaid levels. I am humbled that you consider my poetry worth studying. I am glad to have got the message across.

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      Verlie Burroughs 

      16 months ago from Canada

      Rinita, I'm happy to see more of your rictameter style poetry published, you do it so well. I need to study these! I think I'm starting to 'get' it.

      You reach so deep in both these poems, no holding back. It is true that deep feeling, empathy for pain in ourselves, in our fellow human beings, in animals, and in all sentient beings inspires poetry, it does for me. To see or feel distress drives us to consider the vital life force we need to carry on. Our existential angst at knowing we are merely mortal is a constant theme in great poetry, and great art. You capture this well, although I know from reading other poems you've written that you are also very good at expressing joy, and romance, and love.

      Still the question you raise is an important one to consider, and it does seem that pain is the most authentic expression, as it is universal, and cannot be denied if one is aiming for truth.

      To be touched by art we need to appreciate both sides of the coin, not just the happy ending.

    • Senoritaa profile imageAUTHOR

      Rinita Sen 

      16 months ago

      Li-Jen, thank you so much, for reading and echoing my thoughts. I've said this before, I'll say it again, you have a future in poetry analysis :)

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      Li-Jen Hew 

      16 months ago

      Hey Rinita, I like your intro before the poem. It's an intro that shares a common ground with others. It's one of the times that our poems is the realest. I like how you express this with "Rhyming of a poet, colours..." and the "last leaf before snow" is a nice symbol of distress. It's as if the last leaf was the only hope before the harsh winter. Your second poem highlights chasm with the distance between "rivers and oceans.." They are similar in that they are bodies of water with different chemical properties haha but their "lives apart" emphasizes on the theme chasm. Thanks for sharing.

    • Senoritaa profile imageAUTHOR

      Rinita Sen 

      16 months ago

      Couldn't have put it in a better way myself. Thank you, Mark. Always happy to hear from you.

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      mark tulin 

      16 months ago

      As poets, I think we have to make peace with our distress, resign ourselves to it, that as long as we’re going to write we will feel some discomfort.

    • Senoritaa profile imageAUTHOR

      Rinita Sen 

      16 months ago

      Thank you, Chitraganda, for that heartfelt comment. Yes, expressing emotions as they are (perhaps even exaggerating at times) is surely our forte. Glad you visited.

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      Rinita Sen 

      16 months ago

      Thank you, Gypsy. Glad you agree. Happy to see you.

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      Chitrangada Sharan 

      16 months ago from New Delhi, India

      Beautifully expressed poem! I agree with you that a writer has the ability to express his pain and agony through the poems. At the same time, the writer can express his or her emotions in happier times too.

      Therefore, pain or pleasure, you are privileged, if you can express through your pen.

      Thanks for sharing this!

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 

      16 months ago from Daytona Beach, Florida

      Pain and heartbreak can make writers emotions shine through even more than happiness and contentment. Wonderful write here.

    • Senoritaa profile imageAUTHOR

      Rinita Sen 

      16 months ago

      Thank you for finding interest in the perspective, Pamela. Appreciate your kind visit.

    • Senoritaa profile imageAUTHOR

      Rinita Sen 

      16 months ago

      Thank you for your kind visit, and for agreeing, Doris. Am glad you liked The rift better. It is kind of my favorite, too.

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      Pamela Oglesby 

      16 months ago from Sunny Florida

      I hadn't thought of pain and misery being such an important reason fot the best art, music and books. This is very interesting, and I truly enjoyed your poetry.

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      Doris James MizBejabbers 

      16 months ago from Beautiful South

      I think you are correct. Some people write their best when they are at their darkest.

      The Rift is my pick of the two.

    • Senoritaa profile imageAUTHOR

      Rinita Sen 

      16 months ago

      Thank you for reading and agreeing, John. Those are some of the great names you thought of. I know you post more positive poetry than melancholy ones, but I agree, some of your dark ones have more soul. Thanks again.

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      John Hansen 

      16 months ago from Queensland Australia

      Rinita, I agree that pain and heartbreak often are the inspiration for some of the greatest works, from Van Gogh, Poe, Hemmingway, Plath etc etc etc. Many of the greatest artists and writers created their best works in dark places. I also feel some of my darker pieces are among my best.

      I enjoyed both Rictameter which fit your theme very well.


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