October 20, 2015
Exactly a year has passed and I am choosing the words of a better poet to tell you how I feel – V
What’s in it?
I heard your name the other day
Mentioned by someone in a casual way.
She said she thought that you were looking great.
A waiter passed by with a plate.
She reached out for a sandwich, and your name
Went back from where it came.
But like a serious owlet I stood there,
Staring in mid-air.
I frowned, then followed her around
To hear, just once more, that sirenic sound –
Those consonants, those vowels – what a fool!
I show more circumspection as a rule.
I love you more than I can say.
Try as I do, it hasn’t gone away.
I hoped it would once, and I hope so still.
Someday, I’m sure, it will.
No glimpse, no news, no name will stir me then.
But when? But when?
– Vikram Seth
January 16, 2015
yesterday and tomorrow
Mumbai & Michigan
wet rain and cold snow
the gutter and the gazebo
questions and more questions
Between suicide and salvation
Between heaven and earth
as if, one
can never be the other
August 11, 2010
Making tea, they say
Like planting a garden
Or making a child
But before you know
The tea’s gone bitter
The garden overrun by weeds
And the child is a man
June 4, 2010
When I packed and left
my life split in to two
half rode into the future
half stayed home with you
Today I look back and wonder
Which of my lives is true,
The one that I have lived
Or the one which stayed with you
February 15, 2010
In the house of my heart
there is a hole,
a perfect circle,
you could divide its
circumference by diameter
and it would be
like my love,
October 7, 2009
Remember how it was said
Anyone can write poetry
All that is needed
is to make sure it’s not prose
(rose is a rose is a rose)
If you can, rhyme it
To a repetitive beat, time it
And make the meter mellifluous
(and let the women talk of Michelangelo)
Then gather around in a circle
or amongst the stage lights
Read it with passion,
enunciate and moan
(fuck fuck fuck)
Bow once it’s done
Applaud your peers
Nibble on the cheese
sip on the wine
(real poets don’t drink beer)
Kiss the critic’s ear
Ideally the air around the ear
Pat everyone’s back
Buy the house more wine
(Who’s your favourite poet? Bukowski & Dylan)
Then wear a dreamy look
how tough it used to be
this poetry shit
when you din’t know the rules
September 17, 2009
Who will buy from you if you keep an empty shop
Who will come to you if your shelves are empty
People walk by and glance at your dust covered sign board
Where once they waved to you, now they peek
to know if you are still alive, if the shop still stands
if the walls still hold
or have they toppled to entomb you within
If you will not sell or buy or laugh or cry
then shut this place down
whose once happy memories rankle
and slight passers by who once knew it
as a place where they could stand
look at your wares
the candles and the books
bookmarks, ribbons and coloured papers
paints and dyes and shells and angel wings
rubik cubes of a single colour
a jigsaw puzzle with a piece missing
which if they went looking for
they would find their one true love holding it
Heed the call of the children who pelt you with stones
turn the key in the lock and lock it in a box
weigh it down with stones
drop it into the deepest sea
let yourself go
August 12, 2009
If I ignore you will you go away?
Fade from the whorls of my fingertips
like your kiss on my face feels ancient today.
There is a method to my madness
as I burn every bridge between us
in small, sure, secret installments.
Where once all my days were owned by you
Today is an orphan girl
who sits and cries silent tears by the kerb.
My sad days I make into little piles
burn them and sit by on cold evenings
as the smoke rising from them stings my eyes.
June 17, 2009
Happiness is a mango
wrapped in a newspaper
given to you
on a train station in the ‘burbs
with a sarcastic remark
about the effort it cost
to carry it to you
when what I really mean
is something else