Thursday, 23 February 2017

it’s the way the wind blows here

He pushed his foot through
 loose sand of the dirt road, low,
the tar-road a bit high and where potholes grow;
the pack of cigarette he forgot at the timber mill
pushed and pulled his thoughts until,
a party announcement rickshaw
pulled along the road, danced through gutters,
muted the crows and dogs for a while;
“darling your sister is a menace, she gossips,”
images of his wife floated loud
as the rickshaw danced along the road.
He kicked the cat slightly,
it brushed along his leg swiftly,
the fish-curry mixed left overs,
the food he puts before it daily,
that probably stays fresh in its mind,
it brushed and he kicked.
At times he remembered his mother,
the scent of paddy fields and cow sheds.
Rows of small houses, local shops, and timber mills,
they stand high and low,
they stand over yesteryears' paddy fields;
 local party’s committee offices fly flags over the fertile soil.
 He walked through the dirt road.
The cat ran away as the dogs barked,
 they ran after the rickshaw
raising dust and tempo,
he headed for his tea at home,
tea along with his wife’s gossips,
probably her nth time blabbering.
 At night when he comes back from toddy shop,
he is a man estranged,
estranged from his own clan,
glued to his nuclear family, he kicks at tumblers,
he kicks at his frustrations,
his wife screams, she screams out her empty thoughts.
The night sky, neither smiles nor shines,
stars and moon shies away to clouds;
the kacha and pakka roads,
they wind along the outskirts with not much to think;
it’s the way the wind blows here,
with hollow fury and dusty scent
and nowhere to climb,
it settles down with dust.

Saturday, 18 February 2017

...finding ways to be lost...

...the scent of earth embracing grass, leaves and wind,
the scent of earth growing rolling into heart, bind
my heart with the song of rain, adorn me with puddles
and swaying grass, mud and rain grooming
my existence to seed-size consciousness
growing roots knowing earth, branches
embracing sky-fullness of consciousness
rain filling , drenching, soaking, melting
me and the green and the blue and the whole truth
let me call it my insane sanity screaming, meditating. ..

Wednesday, 15 February 2017

Forever spring...

Google images

time was still like a winter creek
conscious like a scared rabbit
then came the green sprouts

when you crossed my path
now the garden smells fresh
where you put steps
along with me

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...every home be (he)artful...

Google Images

the last of the stars fading into a secretive land, slowly;
blue and black spilled all over, like paints smeared with artful fingers
morning wind kissing the lemon-sour lips;
hot, sweet and sour lemon tea slowly mixing a yellow tint
reviving thoughts, morning spirit, thoughts that take your eyes to yonder---
a slowly opening sky, art of nature knocking at the hearts,
I blend it with today’s cuisine packed with (he)art, aroma and flavour;
my thoughts are filled with the smell of ironed fresh cloth,
and a slow murmuring sound of TV changing moods and colours---
an artless world out there, no one is spared; it’s a market out there
yet I see from my window homes that wake up to mornings as same as ours;
where do they come from, the heartless merchants of death and mayhem?
when you my dears go out…
spill a bit of love that I blended with your meals, your cloths and your hearts
for I am the mother at home, dreaming an (he)artful world of co-existence
with cupped hands and blessings…

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Thursday, 2 February 2017

Crossing the river

I am crossing the river now,
I am nowhere near you,
I am scattered, long ago
And deliberately so;
Scattered among grains of sod,
To be whole doesn’t mean anything now.
Here when I cross the river
I don’t carry yesterdays
And no meticulous strides;
The tree that was full of nests was cut long ago
So when I see the faces across
Tired frames with bags around
I yell out to sinister woodcutters---
“You have set me free”
I am crossing the river,
Crossing time and flow
To get scattered a little more
Until nothing but light gathers me above
and I am crossing the river now

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Tuesday, 31 January 2017


Pic from Google

rays of dawn
falling crisp
on icy pane,
dreams drool
melting on edges
dripping truth,
lazy frame
slowly stirs,
dreams and truth
mix and melt,
warmth and cold
cuddle and dissolve,
surreal thoughts
rise and ignite
day’s start---

a day more to catch butterflies

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Friday, 27 January 2017


--- a walk between past and future
looking back and looking forth---
just a walk, where does it really begin,
after the wandering or after a fall?
where does it really begin,
the golden path of life?

for a craving soul, an ocean or a mountain
or the million lives around, where does that cup of truth hide?

Is it just this wandering,
or is it seeking, the thirst within,
an unknown thirst?
walks, moments, halts
or just milestones?
where should the mind be kept?

at times the park bench seems the best place
to while away time with little birds, trees
and the changing sky;
 the beach sand seems alluring
to be with the cadence of waves and the sky;
no obvious lessons, no dictating preacher,
nothing much, but a sense of belonging…

this walk, this mysterious unpredictable walk and
the song of the wind, sing along my soul, sing along…

Tuesday, 6 December 2016


Google pics

days pass, quintessential, clockwise;
mind, textured canvas, anticlockwise;
rabid brush strokes, past blending
roughly with an abstract future,
loud strokes, a delicate silence caught between
brush strokes;
silence caught,
silence snubbed,
moments packed tightly between
rabid brush strokes;
moments lost, before arriving,
before living…

Scarfed in...

Google Pics

soft petals of trust scared deep,
lamprocapnos hang beautifully---
deep, scar(fed) among chlorophyll(ed) shelter,
wind rustles, hushed tears scarring silence---
gracefully sways in wind;
the root? sending pricking pain, past,
bleeding the buds?
lamprocapnos hang beautifully
swaying gracefully
with  hearts so gullible

Monday, 5 December 2016

Waiting Pegasus

Born with shut eyes and open mouth;
Gone through different plains, arriving last
On creation’s own charm, on two legs,
Laden with huge brain, subtle heart;
Brawls between them putting masquerades,
Big-bang energy’s outburst
Still in Universe’s womb, struggling,
Glare at the end of a muddied vortex

Forces shut his eyes again and again