B: Blotchy : Messy

I always hated to stay  Between the lines The lines on the page The lines of my face My colours splashed   Outside the box Messy, they called me,  And messy I stayed.  I had my share of trouble  Straying from the lines The lines that life drew Confining me in walls I will not be…

A: Amusical: Tone Deaf

I would give and arm and a leg To play the piano for you again.  You would lie back on the sofa  And my little fingers would pick out the tune.  Alas my fingers are now too soft The notes just squiggly shapes  Music beaten out of my life By choice, or was it compulsion?…

Leaving Pune, March 2020.

Ater the clouds have been folded and put away, All that remains is the moonlightThose stacks of linen, cool white sheetsThat smell of sunshine and your smiles.I look outside the portholeWatching clouds bathed in whiteThe memories that escaped, refused to be launderedScattering in wisps of bitter sweet delight.What is with the full moon and I?Those…

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…

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…

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…

R: Restless #NaPoWriMo

In the moonlit path we walked together ‘There are wild foxes here,” you said, I took a step closer Wondering if we would see them unless They saw us first and swallowed us whole. My hair caught in branches that swept low, pulling At our clothes. “It’s eerie,” you smiled, disentangling the strands, “but beautiful,” I…

N: Nocturne #NaPoWriMo

    I sit in the dark While the house sleeps The familiar sighs The gentle creaks The thump of a tail All the sounds I own As the house becomes home And I can rest in peace.

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…

I: Inquisitive #NaPoWriMo

  If someone wrote a poem about me, What would the lines say? There is a woman who walks alone Every evening. Would they see The children on my hands The dogs in the swing of my arms The limp I carry as I drag one foot Just a little bit, the men I’ve kissed…

H: Hopelessness #NaPoWriMo

There’s a hole in the roof where the storm came through That night when it poured and the wind blew In gales, up-rooting trees, followed by thunder Lightning striking my fears asunder. I must have blacked out…for when I woke The sky was smiling sweetly and was blue I waited, I waited for three days…