Wednesday, 31 May 2017

HUSREV AND SHIRIN

Slender necked and perfect ears

Agile and sinewy

My white horse gently trots

Through paths paved with cobble stone

With fresh green grass that peeps in between

Though delicate hues that curves as branches

Flowers of lavender and purple

Leaves on the lighter shade of green

As the greenness of these trees part

And the sky turns brighter blue

A castle clears from the shying clouds

Perfect in symmetry

Turquoise and white

Glowing as only marble can

Tall and formidable!  

Suddenly;   as panes of ebony and teak, creak!  

And the fragrance of cinnamon fills the cold morning air

A window swings open

A face appears!

And the secrets of eternal beauty are revealed to this mortal world!

A face illuminated by the brilliance of the light of Allah!

Elegant and doe eyed!

Full of clear blue life and bedazzling beauty!

With curly twirls darker than darkness

A form so pure

No brush can capture

Features so blemish-less

That no mortal colour can take its burden

A gaze so tender and penetrating!

Lowered now, so as not to kill the hapless beholder

As the veil of shyness falls over her face

And she gently blushes

Colours of pink and crimson shy away

As their union forms the hue of her lips

Rose and cream tussle over the contour of her cheeks

As her face glows with immaculate beauty

Shadows have no place to hide here!

Within the placid blue pools of her eyes

Lies a mind so vast and boundless as the ocean

And from somewhere within its depth

A resplendent smile blossoms!

As my horse stops and my  heart leaps and churns!

Tell me oh Lord!

Is this the blissful colour of Love!


NOTHING TO SAY



Fallen leaves gather in the wind



But have no tales of sorrow to share



The flowers of summer blossom not in vain



The dried up grass feels no withering pain



As time passes and my hairs gray




I too have nothing to say! 

SHADOW OF DEATH



Always beside me




And full of certainty




The shadow of death lurks!




Yet! Blinded and foolish!





I think I can wait for tomorrow! 

RESTLESS HEART



The evening is hot and humid





The gray sky is cloudy





A heart filled with guilt






Restlessness prevails!   

TREELESS SUNSET






At a treeless sunset







The crows return








To concrete nests! 

GRASS OF HOPE




Though a crack on the highway






Moistened by yesterday’s rain







The grass of hope sprouts!

Sunday, 30 April 2017

TURKEY TALK


The son of man has finally risen

But alas! Me, the son of an egg

Must die!

And for me!

There is no coming back! 

 Every year

We give up our lives

The day the son of man comes back to it! 

Why is it that when he comes to life

I have to lose mine!

He is the messiah of the whole world!

Yet why is it that I get to be martyred

I know he was crucified and all!

But tell me frankly

What did I do?

To get marinated and roasted! 

And hey, he is supposed to my Saviour too!

And I too wish to celebrate Easter!

Oh! Son of men and women

As you celebrate in happiness this blessed Easter!

Spare me, my flesh and bones!



DISSONANT SUNSHINE



No knowing my heart is broken




The sun shines brightly! 




Troubled by this dissonance




I wonder which one should change?  


CREEPING HELL

In mindful contemplation


Focused on emptiness


I sit selflessly


Not judging


Not elaborating


But Alas!


The ego that I hate


Suddenly Creeps in!


Paradise collapses



Hell breaks loose! 

NEITHER ONE NOR MANY

No, one, can see!


Not, many either!  


All that is


And all that can be!


Neither this


Nor the other


There lies the truth!


Where there is silence!


WISDOM PRAYER

Oh! Lord benevolent and merciful!

Praise and glory be to you!

As a lost soul in the darkness of the night

With no path is in sight

You were my only beacon

When sorrow was drowning me

You were my only hope

In this journey of life  

You have blessed me abundantly

You have brought me thus far!  

Oh saviour of the world! Oh compassionate one!

As I walk through these unchartered worlds  


I pray! Give me the wisdom to do your will 

PUNGAI TREE


The warring sun fills the sky


And its crimson wrath drives the blue away


As green withers to brown


And lakes and streams vanish


The barren hills glow


The parched plains pant


Unfettered by this solar malady


Fed by some mysterious spring


Fresh, green and full of blossoms


The graceful  Pungai tree!






BUDDING MISERY


Ever so careful


Not to cause the slightest pain 


Soft on the ends


And flexible in the middle


I’m your best friend!


Especially when the itch is out of reach


Yet! Alas!


All I get is used, smeared and thrown


Oh! How miserable!





My life as an ear bud! 

Friday, 31 March 2017

EYES OF COMPASSION


Along the dingy crowded corridors

Filled with  fear, agony and frustration! 

A thousand pairs of eyes

Look around in desperation! 

A young man limps!

A mother weeps!

An old man in bed

Cringes and curls up in morbid pain! 

Shrouded in white

Someone’s!

Once a body full of life

Gets wheeled away!

As i walk this path everyday

Sipping my morning coffee

Oh! Lord! Benevolent and merciful


Bless me with loving eyes of compassion! 

WASTING WORDS


Time is running out



Life is ebbing away



A lifetime lost in hurry



In this race towards death



The heretic says!  




Why waste words! 

EMPEROR OF MALADY


Through the open window of the senses


The thief of desire sneaks in!


What he sees!


Is what he takes !


But if you do let him stay


Even for a careless night


Claiming the distracted throne


He crowns himself Emperor!



Alas; the malady begins!  



MISSING YOU!


It’s not the sweetness of your voice



It’s not the gentleness of your smile



Nor is it the silence of your soul



It none of these! I know!



Yet! Tell me dear Beloved




Why is it still that i miss You? 

OOLONG TEA


Golden and clear




Smoky on the palate




And smooth on the spirit




Oh! How splendid indeed





This sip of oolong tea!