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…

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…

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…

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…

V: Vibrant #NaPoWriMo

Where are the flavours of summer? Surely lost in the tart stickiness of the mango Or the cloying sweetness of jackfruit Buzzing around the house like fruit flies. The crickets chirping in the trees Music coming as from a lifetime away As gulmohor blooms scatter restlessly Unanchored in the evening breeze. Who is it who…

S: Silence #NaPoWriMo

  How can I be silent, How can silence fill my howl The tears I do not cry The grief I wear like a cowl   That I borrowed from you As you lay dying The words I left unsaid My truths Exposed and cloying   Patterns upon the bed Where I watched over you…

One day #NaPoWriMo

  one day we will watch as the corpses rise and bare their teeth on our thighs and weep and cry, oh why, why, then did you kill the gulls as they flew to their homes fish in mouth certain that the waves would break upon their skulls you did not wait you took their…

K: Knowing #NaPoWriMo

  I do not know a lot of things Like viscera reports and forensics Paleontology … sounds absurd Quantum physics is surely worse Biology practicals, trust me I tried The world of organs that dwell inside. Why wars are fought, why nations wince Why terror rears up and humanity shrinks. Why nations edge to the…

J: Jaded #NaPoWriMo

The fever broke a day ago The palette of watercolours drying in the sun fractured Like rust peeling off that iron gate Where we walked the wild grass barefoot Looking out for ants that survive Eating at our togetherness. Our love is nothing but moonshine But how can I let you off the hook? You…

Cutting corners

I keep seeing you, in the unlikeliest places Certain that you were in the corner Last night under the street lamp The scratch of a match as you lit your pipe And there by the lake, striding In front of me, just out of earshot As I run to catch up, my legs turning to…

F: Fascination #NaPoWriMo

We are flying into the storm For the first time I see How lightning looks from the sky Jagged white streaks Whitening the clouds In grey and black Like a tube-light gone amok. The captain announces turbulent skies But we are landing soon And I wonder… If lightning strikes a bird as it flies Does…