Phanush (Sky-lantern) 

If I walked to the ledge where the sun sets,

would I fall off the edge of the earth?

Or are my words merely mechanical toys

on which you build home and hearth?

I had a dream once but it shattered

left me clawing at the one who gave me birth.

Now I try to fill shoes that were left empty

Ill-equipped to prove – or deny – my worth.


What is worth if it requires proving,

tumbled thoughts gone in the blink of an eye?

Where do you go when you need soothing?

Where do the tears go when we do not cry?

If you ask me, silence is the best seasoning

One day all your noise and spitfire will die.

One day I too will go out quietly blazing,

A lone phanush in your smoke-filled sky.




3 Comments Add yours

  1. Pallavi madhani says:

    Simply mindblowing…….such deep thoughts.
    I keep waiting for u to write the next gives me peace of mind.
    Please do write more.
    Congratulations for your book.will be ordering my copy shortly.its going to be mine priced possession.

    Liked by 1 person

  2. ipsyb says:

    love you too! 🙂


  3. Latika says:

    Breathtaking stuff.!!!
    u beat elizabeth barret browning and are in second position of my fav.poets list.( First is Bono…so don’t get any better,pleeeeeze)

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