Below The Earth

The eyes had become distant
to the fresh light of the day
as they opened to the night
and shut after sunset again.

The ears had befriended
the sound of time ticking by,
behind the axe and chisel
as they made love to the stone.

The lips kissed each other
throughout for their separation
would render them improbable
to be reunited, thereafter.

The tongue tasted staleness
whenever the lips parted
to allow for the mouth to
feel the loving touch of food.

The nose was subjected to
a regular flow of dust
running through the nostrils
in an attempt to kill the lungs.

The only lonely being hence,
was the skin, which had become
one with death as the miner
saw but all black in the mirror.

Of Corpses and Brides

 

What procession do I see
as a few men walk ahead
with their heads bowed
and uttering silent chants?

Who is it that leads them
as they follow mechanically,
their footsteps in sync
and their breaths respiring?

Although I don’t know for
I have been blinded recently
by norms of social existence,
I have deep laid curiosity.

I can only hear their hearts
that cry for the carried, whom
they lift on four shoulders,
each taking their turn to do so.

And when the departed travels
from one abode to a better, smiling,
whether as a bride or a corpse
those carrying, cry. I wonder why.

Dancing For My Love

 

What have I to do with intoxicants?
I have the monsoon at my back
pushing ahoy each sensation in me;
manipulating my heart as a puppeteer.

Even with my eyes shut to the clouds,
even when I cup my ears to deafness
and hide myself behind brick curtains,
the season steals its way into my nose.

I have yet to fall in human love, I believe,
for the male touch is alien to me
and the voice that rings in hearts, mute,
but the weather has else in mind.

I have seen women- my own girlfriends-
light up when they see their lovers sing,
but when will they hear the earth- naked
in monsoons- singing in glory of my love?

And, as the clouds call upon me today,
thundering miles away, announcing arrival,
I get ready, my hair untied, toes sharp
and I shall, today, dance with peacocks.

A Thought For Life

A thought shivers in the cold
as it roams around naked
through the eyes of blind souls
walking ceaselessly ahead.

A dreamy night, deadly wind
barely visible stars and a moon
to the companionship of
the thought with lost tunes.

A hope of the day, and light,
and freshness in the morrow;
an immense cynicism, which
it’ll return as a debt borrowed.

The thought travels on sands
in the end-year seasons…
the thought shall bear, soon,
it assures itself, a hued blossom.

Alarms

She lay next to me
her naked body asleep-
a little chubby, dark
and surprisingly still.

Her arms covered
her navel and breasts,
though unintentionally
I’d like to believe.

It was our first morning,
together, post a ceremony
they didn’t wake me for…
themselves asleep- they.

She was untouched.
Her skin as pure as
her juvenile conscience
lay in front of me, divine.

And seeing her sleep
I thought of how her ‘they’
had taught her to be
an ideally good wife.

While no one taught me
to be a monster.
She was all of ten years
and I was none of fourteen.

Unless You Look…

 

He looked at her
with avid intent
and tried to find
poetry in what
was in his vision.

He looked keenly
at her ears, with
simple earrings,
and her neck
with no neckpiece.

He turned his eyes
towards her hair…
‘not too short, and
not lengthy’, thought
he, disappointed.

And then her lips-
pink lip gloss,
cliched hue, wax-
and her eyes-
minimal kohl.

There was, but,
a nose ring adorning
her face, and that
was it, he noticed,
unable to find words.

There he was,
bewildered with
the fact that he
failed to find poetry
on a woman’s face.

And here I fell in love
with the words
which described her
subtlety, her plainness
in such poetic manner.

Platforms and Journeys

I saw you at the station today…
you were clad in your regulars;
you had your thoughts with you
and those were all you needed.

I saw you at the station today…
and you were one among all,
as you’d always been to yourself
and none as you wouldn’t want.

I saw you at the station today…
and you had a smile on the face,
and an image in your black eyes,
and a sound around your ears.

I saw you at the station today…
and, mind you, I say honestly,
I was sad not knowing that
you were going to death, alone.

Killing Conscience

 

She lay in a corn field
her bosom rising
and falling with breaths.

Her eyes gazing upwards
through the sun-
that had embossed itself
into her mind-

She lay there,
with a thoughtless mind.

One of her nipples
exposed through the shirt,
the top button
of which
had come undone.

Her skirt had failed
in its pursuit
of covering her thighs
and one leg
was entirely visible.

Her navel was sensual,
and there was blood around,
fresh blood.

She couldn’t afford
to think,
or else she would’ve
killed herself.

She was not a victim
of rape…
she was death
to the conscience
of he who had left her
thoughtless.

In Which She Found Life

 

She walked
with the asphalt
cracking
beneath her hot shoes-
brown,
if you’d like
to know the colour,
and they were
leather.

She walked
with a thought
in her eyes
and a sight
in her mind
though the horizon
was not it,
and neither was it,
the horizon,
her destination.

She walked
from the ocean
as her start
and she walked towards
growth, and-
dishonestly-
life.

She walked
because she had now,
probably,
found life…
and anyway
what does one do
when they find life
but walk, as
she walked
towards death.

 

The Colourless Festival

 

They are colourless,
or, perhaps not.

black lines drawn
across the face
where the chin
ends as the edge;

blue all the way
from the arms up
for where there’s
no flesh to the veins;

brown to the torn,
shin-length pants
where the child
couldn’t access a loo;

green on his feet,
but only to the extent
he found grass
to trample with them;

yellow between
the teeth which
haven’t had pleasures
a brush would extend;

red where sweat
exited the pores
of a beaten-down,
tired, burdened body.

an eleven year old
plays it daily
till the toils of his life
kill him, mercilessly.

His tears are not
without colour.
He plays Holi daily…
one I don’t.