Train journey

We have no balance left to read poems into the train’s deep night we made our own towards a hill God.So we go on in a brown pen note with calligraphy as in a forehead. Train would oblige not to tremble Like Nepal under a falling debris.

Our forehead obliges with script but it does not know its balance .Calligraphy is fine, not (in)scrutable .God in boulder smiles knowingly .We will check with Him up there.

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Shapes

In the bare foot grass walk there is solitude buzzing in the ears. The dew on the grass seeps through your feet into your being. That is when you look downwards and you see shapes.

A plastic carcass of a dog lying on the grass unburied. A rubber hemisphere of a child’s ball. A tiny red flower, its petals lying strewn around. Peanut-shells around a green bench. Peanuts like kidneys. Shells like empty spaces. Green benches with shapes of absent human bodies.

 Human bodies are moving shapes. A body walks like a hillock tapering to a fine point, a dizzy height with a temple on top. Another walks like an ocean wave on a placid afternoon. A man walks like a caterpillar gathering the back portion of its body.

Bird cries are shapes too. The park bird cries a short twig-shaped wailing .The cuckoo sings like grass that comes up each time you trample upon it.

The walking track is geometrical bikini shapes. Its mosaic dances, as you walk, like girls in bikini swinging their hips in affected anger.

Feeding milk to the snakes

The fourth day  after the festival of lights the snakes appear deep in their pits waiting for our milk and worship. The women pour turmeric and milk on the pits.The snakes inside the holes receive them on extended tongues and bless them with more children. The pits were built by  industrious ants but their holes are now houses for snakes.

Just in case the snakes are still sleeping inside the pits , the children burst crackers with loud noise. The snakes then wake up to drink their milk.

The snakes are nice fellows who do not  normally come out to harm humans. But if the husband snake has been killed by a human the wife snake will follow him to his bed and finish him off there itself. The snake wives love their husbands so much.

We do not want to take chances. That is why we feed them milk every year without fail.

Fragments

We were concerned with fragments. Little clouds that hung over cities.Fluffy cloud polygons that held promises of rain  because the pied crested cuckoo said so on its northern journey. We went  cuckoos over our  tiny streams , the waters that ran below our feet. The fragment would fill whole streams.The very waters which our machines had probed tearing the earth’s intestines. The earth had blood then in white fine powder.Our feet are still in its prints.

The fragment hung lightly over our lake, tantalizing the city. It was a shapeless polygon that changed its shape like an amoeba., a single unicellular organism with deceptive false feet.By dusk he it became a shred of gray, a blood smear in the death of the sun.

Micro tragedy

In that day’s midnight I had to weave a poem around the spider that had fallen on my body and would crawl to a silky promise of my new clothes. I would scrub the crawly thing off and would watch it crawl on floor.

But in my poem I cannot spider-weave a tale about the spider’s instant death under unknowing lunch eating feet. In a poem I cannot dwell too much on a stray spider’s micro tragedy.

Hopscotch

Back home our pony-tailed girls hopscotched four chalk squares. God, how pony tails ding-donged!  May(a) I imagine you one of them. I wait for dusk to hide your black. Odd to see a black face in browns.

Now old girls play ,bald and ribald. Like you they feel they have won. The others think they have ,poor things.

(remembering Maya Angela’s poem Harlem Hopscotch)