Month: February 2019

Searching

  I have been searching,From coast to coast;From hills to peaks;From sandy dunes to lakeside sanctuaries;From drained out deserts to stormy seas. I have knocked on gods’ door,Offered prayers to Allah,Rung temple bells,And yet I’m still searching. From men of reason,To women with compassion,From the exuberance of youth,To the wisdom of the old,None have succeededTo help me […]

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Endless Night

​An endless night falls upon this land.Nightly skirmishes aside,The streets seem inviting,Welcoming the nightingalesTo belt new tunes;While the cascades of wineQuench the thirst of the inhabitants of the night. A sailor man wearing sailor clothes,Awaits what he hopes to see under moonlight.Voyages across endless horizonsDon’t compare to the sight he is about to behold. Minute after minute […]

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Rebuild

Remember, the palatial abodesThat adorned kingly estates and kingdoms of the past. Remember, the long seaward voyagesThat lasted longer than months and calendars Remember, the sealed envelopes that carriedThoughts, feelings and emotions alike Remember? We remember what lies buried in the past.And what lies buried, grows fonder to the heart. But we must do more than remember,For remembering didn’t bring […]

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Et Tu Bruté

“Et Tu Bruté?”, asked the ruler of Rome,His fable surviving time itself.Such was the treacherous knife,Stabbed behind friendship thicker than blood. Caesar speaks of Brutus;Caesar speaks of cold hearted betrayal;Tales of which transcend Rome.Caesar speaks and we relate. This poet, familiar of Roman folklore,Hears more than the words Caesar spoke.For the ruler of Rome,Whose fable survives time […]

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Letters

To the World, Pen to Paper,This is my story.Completely adulterated,Probably contrived,This is my story. Dancing is for fools who know nothing better to do.I don’t imagine, I realize the potential,Of relentless labour and heavy wallets.My smile reserved for a cause so great,That it demands its appearance.Until then a frown or perhaps a gleeful smirk shall suffice.My […]

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Home

It’s been a moment since he first laid eyes on, 31 College Drive. Back in time College Drive had all of 31 brick houses with humble lawns and the occasional poodle. A few hundred meters from TK road, College Drive was an army settlement. This was not by design. Retired generals of the past had […]

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Through Change

The sky was a shade of orange. This could be the doing of either dawn or dusk. Irrespective, it wasn’t going to last for too long. But, it was dawn. The start of something old. Like the day before, it welcomed dew on the freshly mowed grass, carried the same summer breeze and hosted the […]

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Narrative to Character: Sympathy to Empathy?

I am a connoisseur of English and Hindi language films. Bring me to a theatre, buy me some popcorn and keep me blind folded until the opening credits roll. Irrespective of the genre, I won’t complain. What drives good movies, much like any story across any medium is a good coherent narrative. But off late, […]

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My Love Letter to Grief

I am a hopeless romantic.I wish I’d been drunkWhen I penned this down. Perhaps liquor or any other such poisonWould justify a love letter to grief.But let us suppose that I am drunk,Why would this drunk man drink? Pain, agony, sorrow;Drowning irrevocable loss;Making the noises go away;Or perhaps even to find an escapeThat feet that refuse to […]

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Grief’s Letter to Me

This is my swan song.The one that ends the night,Yet doesn’t see the sun rise. And if this is my swan song,Then I must sing.Sing for the reasons whyI end the night,But fail to see the sun rise. Sing for my graceful fallAnd unlike the perpetuity of the rising sun,My failure to rise. I sing until I exist,For […]

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Dear Friend

It’s been a long dayAnd by the looks of it,It’s going to be an even longer night. I am currently peeping from my abodeIn the search of starsThat are cruelly hidden by the bearers of rain.  Perhaps that’s why this author pens this letterTo the understudy of the heavenly stars.Perhaps it’s easier to look for […]

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The Voyage

I have little time to spend.Each minute, each second,Each breath I take,I must remember.For before I meet my creator,I must find myself. I have seen the sun set over endless horizonsFrom beaches bearing sand whiter than snow.I have felt my feet shiverAs I look down from mountains in the company of clouds.I have witnessed creatures so […]

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A day in the life of a Superhero

Hello, awake yet?If you’re not, then you mustSlide out of the bed covers,Race to your closet,Pull out your cape, your maskAnd everything and anything,That completes your outfit for the day. Early morning messages follow,But not before apologies for the ones missed the night before.And before a nourishing meal,Apply all your zealTo scouring the papers, the media,Including […]

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I am the Problem in My Life

Nights ruined, days wasted.From the fault in our starsTo the fault we see in others,From the cruelty of circumstanceTo the reality of a cruel world,I must scour for a reason why.Why is life not the way it’s supposed to be? Why is it that Souls craving fulfilment,Spirits deserving heights,Never ending ambition,Hearts with the potential for compassionAnd […]

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A Life Worth Measuring?

We live, we learn, we grow old,And much like anything and everythingThat lives, we fold. Some measure their timeIn dollars earned or spent;Others, through fame, becauseUnlike the Shakespearean verse,There is something to building a name.Perhaps, recounting the countries, cities and towns visitedFor the foreign air is a joyous affair.Speaking of myths of the past,Romeos measure by […]

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Caged

It bites and clawsRelentlessly, and then it stops.First it catches its breathAnd then is caught in remorse.Regret and anger follow,Then it again bites and claws. Such is the mystique of its cage,In between the jarring iron bars,The promise of a new dawn,The beauty of every duskAre all visible in plain sight. The appeal of what […]

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Tears Gone By

I have tried,More than I can admit. From times gone byTo the times that lie ahead;Loss of precious gems and worldly pleasures,The fear of being reduced to rags;The disappearance of thoseWho I embrace for warmthAnd courage;Leaving what I know of the worldAnd embracing the unknown beyond it;Pain from wounds and scarsOr just mental anguish;All these demons […]

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You Have Heard This Before

From castles stolen from fairy talesTo yarns of vanquished monsters and demons,I can spin a tale in a moment’s notice. Emotional trauma, battle woundsOr the perpetual search for purpose,All find a place in my written word. The forbidden fruitOr the lovers’ squabble;From broken heartsTo mended fences,All add rhythmTo this man’s poetry. I write to tell my storyOnly to […]

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Silence

  Silence can resembleThe loudest out-of-sync trumpetsTrying to puncture the insidesOf our eardrums.When silence becomes too loud,We break our guise of inner peaceAnd either force ourselves to speakOr resort to actions considered bleak. Some wear silence,As their armour of valour.They are stronger than the other manAnd braver for having kept mum.Their tales soon to be legends,Their […]

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Struggle

I envy the man,Who sleeps on the streets,Whose widow,Will sell her soul and then body,To feed children,Whose lives are worth less than condoms. His existence all but a story,Of food missing or on the plate.His poverty, unlike the pennies in his pocket,In abundance.His appetite for cheap liquor,More than what his liver can afford.His wife; his prostitute; […]

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