Naani Form


Naani is one of India’s most popular Telugu poems.   Naani means an expression of one and all.

It consists of 4 lines, the total lines consists of 20 to 25 syllables.  The poem is not bounded to a particular subject.  Generally it depends upon human relations and current statements.  This poetry was introduced by one of the renowned Telugu poets Dr.  N. Gopi, presently working as vice-chancellor to Telugu University, Andhra Pradesh.

Four of my Naani poems: 

Chanting universal sounds,
amethyst mala counting around,
chakras’ energy begins to spin.

  An amethyst mala; Google Images

Repeating the same
promise for over twenty years,
your words reach ears
too filled for more.
Amazingly cruel,
the ability to tear
down that which you
never encouraged.

With a handshake
and a pat on the back…
sharks circle, grins stretching
wide…reeling in their supporters.

Google Images

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  1. oo…nice wit in these…the same promises one and the tear down one…these are really cool…never heard of them before…each one is a nice sharp barb of reality…


  2. Never heard of this form before either and decided to give it a try…they were short and not too hard to come up with.. Thank you, Brian!


  3. Being one who consciously uses structure in his poetry, I’m always intrigued to learn about different forms. You’ve definitely piqued my interest, and I’m going to try my hand at a few quite soon. Thanks for sharing this!


  4. What a wonderful form. And I love what you’ve done with it. I especially like this phrase: “your words reach ears
    too filled for more.”


    • I like trying the short forms..where you need to pack a punch in a few words. Like you do with your limericks! Thanks, Madeleine.


  5. hobgoblin2011

     /  August 15, 2012

    Oh these are all very good. I don’t recall seeing this form before, kinda like it, will definitely have to give a try. Thanks


    • No, I had never seen or heard about it either…but there’s so many forms that I am unfamiliar with…and new ones being “invented” all the time. Glad you’re inspired to try it out. And, thank you!


  6. The last one reminds me of the political race in the USA right now. Nasty. The second is so typical of life.


    • You’re exactly right…that one is political…so ugly. The second wasn’t intended to be political but it could be too.. but yes, typical in some relationships.


  7. Nicely penned 🙂


  8. An interesting form…..looks like something dreadful is about to happen ~

    Thanks for sharing ~


  9. They are all beautiful.


  10. “Repeating the same
    promise for over twenty years,
    your words reach ears
    too filled for more.”

    I love this! All of them, except maybe the first, work together as awareness of the political ploys in the USA. Do we have more of this than elsewhere because we are “free”? As in this little poem I chose: we are free to stop listening–but what kind of freedom is that? The freedom lies higher up with those who can destroy what others build, with those who are sharks in human clothing.


    • I wrote the first one and then veered off into politics for some reason. I would imagine that being “free”…we sure are able to speak out (and use political ploys) …sometimes in endless droning…about whatever is annoying us. I get so tired of these political ads that go on and on and on…

      Thanks, always give such energetic and interesting comments!


  11. Succinct and sharp! I like it!


  12. Thank you for introducing me to a new Short poetic form. I enjoyed your poems.


  13. Oh my. The emotions you feel from your relationship ending arise to the surface with these poems. I felt the same feelings. Why does poetry do that?


  14. You’re right…a couple of these did reflect my “less than rewarding” relationship… I don’t know why poetry does that…but it seems to have opened up a floodgate for me to express my feelings on this subject. So much so that I kinda get sick of it sometimes and wonder why I keep ruminating on and on… I don’t do this in “real” life. 🙂


  15. Love this form … I have found that, especially in poetry, the shorter forms often express the most. My favorite of the four is:
    ‘Amazingly cruel,
    the ability to tear
    down that which you
    never encouraged.’
    but they are all lyrically interesting and even profound.


    • I love the challenge of using short forms and really trying to say something meaningful in a few words…editing is a necessity. I think I like that one best too. Thank you, Diane.


  16. Oh, I like these! I had never heard of this form before. I imagine it’s hard for a poet to try and say so much with so few words (I don’t know that I could do it! haha). Still, you managed quite beautifully. I can tell, though, that the political season has you riled lately (me, too). It is good to have an outlet for the frustration of all of it!


    • Thanks, Corina. Just looked up forms on Shadow Poetry and decided to give this one a try. Yes, that political stuff does rile me up and that’s why I try not to listen to it too much. But I am aware of the trials and hardships that our country is going through and it bugs the crap out of me that politicians have brought about a lot of it. Don’t get me started! Hehe… I suppose writing about it may help some…I don’t know though…



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