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…

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 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…

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…

Nonchalant #NaPoWriMo

I have lain those dogs to rest, The ones snapping at my heels Begging me to train them I have set them free. I have slain those demons That were looping into chains Banished them from my life Their cries echoing in vain I ask for no accolades Those dreams have been interred No hungers…

X: Xed #NaPoWriMo

  We were star crossed Marked with an x Each where we were Light years apart…   How I wish I had quashed The tremor I marked x That would be that And I would keep my heart.

W: wanting #NaPoWriMo

I want to lie down and catch drops of snow in my mouth and not worry about the cold   I want to lose myself in the branches Hiding from voices calling me home and not worry about dinner to be made   I want to howl back at the moon and leap at the…