Bombay

I never can call you “Mumbai”: In one corner you will always remain The Bombay of my youth, of dreams and wild forays Into Baghdadi and Leopold.  Taj Mahal Hotel stands stately, Brabourne stadium echoes a flood We’ve come a long way lately, it’s been “so far so good.” Memories creak into my bones Bombay,…

I did not stop

I did not stop for the pup today lying injured upon the busy street They said a car ran over it but I could see it still breathed.   I did not stop for the pup today I hid behind excuses of “work” the ‘important’ cases of ‘important’ people that were waiting to be heard….

Prayer #Notinmyname

I did not come here to rage, I came here to pray. But hold it right there: I don’t do prayer. I bow neither to Jesus nor Allah nor to any of three million Others. so what am I doing here, why are my hands folded why am I in anguish, why am I starting…

Seasons

You are the first leaf bud of spring  I am the whistling thrush That sings at dawn.  You are the first plunge pool of summer I am the glacier Melting in your arms. You are the first rain of monsoon I am the parched earth Singing your love song. You are the first shiver of…

I’m here

Quiet. My words are quiet.  Breaking through the soft beeps Of the machines Telling me that life Carries on in other worlds In other worlds  Where you walk The wind a balmy breath Upon the pond  As it shimmers  In a tarnished white glow The edges smoothed to whisper In my ear,  “I’m here.”

Fear

I hide you from the world. I do not scream out even when you slide into my bed in the middle of the night wrapping your icy fingers around my breast.   I deny you exist. Even when your blows fall upon my aching spine wringing  salty tears that I hold down within these eyes…

Vegetarian 

Knife poised I stare  At the avocado  All set to pierce the scaly skin Scoop out the ripe flesh.. Did it die When you plucked it from the tree?  Or, am I the only one Who can hear it scream?

25 years, (what do I have?)

I have rubies Encased in diamonds I have a song When the wind blows strong I have my girls  Who keep me in laughter I have love  That never let’s me falter I have memories That help me fight I have words  To keep me upright I have friends Who make my life ring true…

Reflections #AtoZChallenge

Reflections of reflections mirrors to my soul if I made it so far surely my words can walk you a few steps more to that calm place deep within your mind where tiny footsteps echo the passing of time where another year passes with verse to delight speckled in the air little droplets of light.

Z: zugzwang #AtoZChallenge

Zugzwang: (Chess) a situation where any decision or move taken is a serious, and often, decisive disadvantage.   I was ready to quit, wasn’t I?  To throw in the towel I had had enough No more attachments, I said. Then I looked into your face Those eyes I could not escape  You put me in zugzwang …

Y: Yarling #AtoZChallenge

Yarling: wailing, howling There’s a litchi tree  somewhere And it is mine That is where I turn to To hide among the branches That sweep To the ground. I buried your ashes there Beneath That litchi tree  That they cut down They would not listen, ” that tree”  They said  “Has to be gone”. Under…

X: Xenization #AtoZChallenge

Xenization: (doing something) as a stranger In my xenization I have roamed places I thought I out-grew not one of the people I met wore a mask I thought I knew. I pushed on, a mitfit and an outcast in masks that smelled of mildew till I returned to stare at your face the only…