Walking With Intention Day 14 by Sanaa Rizvi


by Sanaa Rizvi of A Dash of Sunny

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Aimee Mullins states; “Belief in oneself is incredibly infectious. It generates momentum, the collective force of which far outweighs any kernel of self-doubt that may creep in.”

Six months ago I embarked upon a journey which revolved around change – metamorphosis. It is believed that success is eighty percent of showing up; which is exactly what I did. After stepping into the world of Poetry and finding my footing – I was determined to rule.


The Journey:

It is said that the secret of change is to focus all of your energy on building the new; instead of fighting the old. In order to become good at something you need to become versatile. It occurred to me that I lacked the knowledge of different forms of Poetry and that if I didn’t do something soon then my poems were as good as dead. And so I began my research online and started learning about the various forms which would add depth and meaning to my work.

In the beginning, the poems which I wrote consisted of archaic language; which looked impressive but at the end of the day not many people understood them. The intention was to attract all types of audience. So I gradually began to change my style of writing. The following is one of the poems that I had written in this manner:



Lo! It is not thee;
Who is seeking freedom.
Rather its thy soul,
Vanquishing its demon.

Foolhardy art thou;
Boasting of tomorrow.
Dost thou even knoweth;
Of joy and sorrow.

It’s the enlightenment;
Of the wandering soul.
To exhibit composure,
And carry out its role.
Life, is but temporary;
Thy loved ones are lost.
Lying deeply buried;
Underneath the frost.

Alas! Let us hope;
For wisdom and truth.
Embrace the crowd;
Of ignorant youth.

Lo! It is not thee;
Who is seeking freedom.
Rather its thy soul;
Vanquishing its demon.

Sounds rather strange doesn’t it (chuckles) well that’s how all the initial poems looked like. When I think about it now after several months, I can’t help but laugh at myself. What the hell was I thinking! The truth is that I wasn’t thinking at all but was merely just writing.



Henri Bergson once said; “To exist is to change, to change is to mature, to mature is to go on creating oneself endlessly.”

After struggling for months, I was confident enough to exhibit the Poetry forms which I had practiced with constant determination i.e. sonnets, odes and ballad. Besides these three classic forms, I sought to learn those which were new to me. Forms like Pantoum, Rondeau and Triolet intrigued me as these were so much more different than the others. And so I spread out my wings and prepared to take flight. Here is a recent poem which is a Rondeau:



Our vision clouded with pain and grief;
Like speck of dust from grass to leaf.
A storm of sighs forever blow;
Sometimes fast  and sometimes slow.
Let out what you’ve trapped inside;
Cast your doubts and fear aside.
Refuse to run – refuse to hide.
Many a bosom sheathed in brass;
Heard me whisper – this too shall pass.

Hope – a long and winding road
For miles we lighten each other’s load.
Love – a stream which downward flowed
Our hearts are filled and heads are bowed.
Some made of steel and some of glass;
Heard me whisper – this too shall pass.

Notice that the language here has changed and seems much more appealing to the reader in comparison to the previous poem “Enlightenment.” A Rondeau is a form of medieval and renaissance French Poetry. It’s a short poem which consists of fifteen lines that have two refrains – one at the end of the first stanza and the second at the end of the poem.


11063761_10206338098985075_199963434567439529_nRalph Buchanan wisely states; “When you walk in purpose, you collide with destiny.” After basking in delight of achieving knowledge of several poetic forms; I started pondering upon the next best step. Near the end of the month of August I realized that I had composed a hundred poems! It was then that I took a decision to publish these poems in the form of a book. A book which would inspire millions of people to follow their dreams. What is Poetry? The answer is simple. Poetry is a device through which people express their deepest emotions. It’s a medium through which we make our voices heard. It consists of our strongest beliefs and messages which we wish to spread out into the world. Poetry is speech and speech is poetry. I believe that everyone in this world is born to do something. We spend half of our lives trying to discover our ambition and then the other half trying to accomplish them. Think about it, I’m sure all of you must feel passionate about one thing or the other. Search your soul and follow your heart. Forget about what’s possible and what is not because if we do that then we might end up getting lost in the mayhem.

When I started this journey six months ago, I knew in my heart that if I let my fears and doubt get the best of me then the dream that I was so desperate to achieve would remain what it was – a dream. None of us know what the future holds. With the kind of situation that prevails in our world at this exact moment; who knows whether we will live to see our dreams come true or not. But does that mean that we give up on ourselves; no it most certainly does not. It means that we must make the most of the time that we have now and hold our heads up high – walk on the path of ambition.



Denis Waitley once said; “You must stick to your conviction, but be ready to abandon your assumptions.” Being human assumption is what keeps us from achieving our goals. The sole reason that we fail to listen to our inner voice that struggles to shout out “Yes you can!” while assumption laughs and bellows, “Think again”. Our conviction is such which truly keeps us moving forward. It was conviction that led me through the six most life-altering months of my life. Back when I refused to believe that I was capable of doing what other people could do. In the future when I will have mastered all the forms there are of Poetry; I plan to teach others how to write. People who love poetry but lack the confidence to let their inner thoughts go free. I will strive to instil this confidence in them and perhaps become the youngest person ever to fulfil this dream.

Before leaving, I wish to urge all the wonderful people out there to voice your intention. Intention no matter big or small can make a huge difference in our lives. Here I would like to mention that the book which I was speaking about is due to come out next month. So be sure to look out for “The Learning Curve.” As Robert Brault so wisely states;


“Try to discover the road to success and you will seek but never find; but blaze your own path and the road to success will trail right behind.”


sanaa-rizviSanaa Rizvi aka Sunny, from the A Dash of Sunny blog, is a 20-something fun soul who loves all things poetry and literature. Having done her graduation in English Literature, she found solace in the world of poetry and quickly realized she has a knack for it herself.





Written for Walking With Intention.  If you’d like to be a part of the challenge, find more info here: Walking With Intention.  But first leave a comment and let Sanaa know how you feel about what she said, and be sure to visit her over at A Dash of Sunny when you’re done.

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I am a King without a Kingdom, in a world with many masters, wrapped in the spoils of a jealous heart, and my people’s callous laughter.


  1. Wonderful, Sanaa. I have learnt a great deal from your journey. May your intention be realised. Poetry definitely opens up a lot of closed doors within ourselves. All the best!

  2. A great post about the commitment and determination it takes to go after what you want in life. Thanks so much for showing us your dedication to a life of intention. It’s always good having your words in the dungeon, and watching your journey as it unfolds before us.

  3. Congratulations on your new book Sanaa. May it be as successful as your ambitions desire it to be. It was interesting to see the categories you developed for this post and also to learn more about your journey.

  4. Bravo!! what an amazing accomplishment! Congratulations! I love how you shared your journey. I agree that assumptions can certainly dampen your goal. Good on you!! I wish I would have started younger but I am enjoying my journey here. Poetry for me is my therapy,my debriefing a long day or defusing. I look forward to visiting your site to check out your book. congrats again!

  5. It’s really a pleasure to read you time and again…. The era has come when I have started thinking of your lines and composing mine…

    Great job…
    Keep going..
    God bless you..

  6. I enjoyed a sense of being guided through your journey. I paused for a while on “To exist is to change, to change is to mature, to mature is to go on creating oneself endlessly.” Somehow i find comfort in this. Thank you

  7. Very cool post, and writing, and poetry. And love the quotes from others. I think I’m stuck at the “to change” place in life, as I don’t seem to be able to “mature”! thanks for your thoughts

  8. Hi Sana!
    Great post! I am also trying to discover myself through writing. Glad to read about your interesting journey. I am sure you have lot of interesting stories to share. I will read more of your stuff.


  9. You’re on a beautiful path of discovery and accomplishment. Congratulations on your exciting news, as well. I pray its success is far greater than you anticipate. 🙂

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