To Amisha (Someday Rapunzel)

Someday Rapunzel will chop off her hair And leap into the forest, undeterred by thorns That lay waste the garden outdoors The garden she never knew up close The garden just beyond her reach. And  She will taste the wild berries and learn not to gag She will explore under shrubs and trees and hide Among…

Sillage

It feels like there are no stars here, nothing shines As bright as the tinsel on the tree A reminder that all that glitter are not astral  And light reflected upon the glass Is just that. Light from a man-made tree In a world contorted by man.  The night sky lies silent in the haze …

Corpses

We are all dying here, some slower than others The corpses that mattered are calling out to us That phone you bought will not reach the network Where the corpses that matter are claiming us. The man crossing the road out of sight, crosses Not knowing how far is too far, how far Till we…

Catching the moon…

I caught the moon in a mirror As she skittered across the sky The road was long and dark And the forest heaved a sigh. There were no signboards around No network to guide us home. Silence reigned unabated Save for the repetitive drone Of my heart, still beating Inside a human role Of this…

Murari Pukur in the Monsoon

The pond is overflowing, fish leap onto the path Flopping on the stone steps trying to make their way back Over the boundary walls that have crumbled in the rain. Of all the house and garden, only muddy waters remain As I wade in through the gates, mud squelching between toes That have seeped in…

To my girls… (I stop and stare)

I stop and stare. There’s  a thumping in my chest As you walk away And I keep moving for if I look back I will cry.   I stop and stare. But it’s not my hands I see I see you from long ago Innocent smiles and naughty grins And I sigh.   The day…

The piano (To Enta)

The tune on that piano carries Into the night. I stop. Whatever I am doing, soothed By the sound. Tinkering notes Calming, clamouring to be heard Voices from long ago In this quiet night When all is still… borne.   Still, my beating heart, turn down The thunder. The storms rage on But we will…

To Mesho (returning from Kalimati Jn. a.k.a. Tatanagar)

I don’t like how you lie there But your eyes search me out Looking for a familiar face Among a sea of servants. I like the way you talk Memories from the old earth Your youth, my father, the stories That scramble to be heard. I watch you as you try To lift those atrophied…

Sunset

Have you ever noticed, how the day folds in on itself? The trees in the forest are the same and yet look different. At dawn and at twilight when the light of the setting sun, No matter how beautiful, no matter how strong, Misses a glow that shines through when it is rising?   My…

Home

The house is in need of paint, father Plaster peels off the walls The verandah stares vacant and blank No life within it’s halls. It’s just a house I said to myself As I passed down the road Just a house abandoned and dark That once housed our souls. How can it be ‘just a…

Z: Zephyr #NaPoWriMo

When I die scatter my ashes Somewhere like this. Where the morning creeps in On the wings of a whistling Thrush. Where night jars Ballet with the call of the frog Where the mist lifts Long after the day has dawned. Where blue hills stretch away Eternally. There let me be Blown in the wind….

Y: Yielding #NaPoWriMo

That stone you trip over on your way out Is just the tip of something buried under Our marriage eight thousand odd days old. I know each arc of your words You know how I bare my soul. That stone will not be dug in our lifetime It’s where our eight thousand odd habits lie…