When the world is about to reboot…

The world that was,

And this Nova’s Ark we are sailing in

Apparently will transport us to a new parallel cosmos

Generations down, the tales of testing times,

The memories of how we were disempowered precipitously,

By survivors, will be told

How vulnerable we were and how permeable it was

What we referred as, our avant-garde world

Forced to hibernate back in the caves,

Suddenly we are naked and disrobed

My friends, there’s more…

How we are put in our place, by the universe

And nature reclaims, taking its course

Awestruck, distant, we gaze out from this long glass shaft

The deer freely grazing in the lakeside meadows

And those from the swamp, merrily crossing the roads

A panther spotted in the vicinity

And shoal of dolphins made their way to the shore

The breeze turned pure, whilst AQIs soar

Poof went the smog, poof went the smoke

The last few dust particles still suspended in the air

Got washed down with the unseasonal shower

Snow capped Himalayas then emerged majestically, as though

Appeased, the long annoyed gods, Amarnath and Hemkunt abode

How much we humans had robbed off mother earth

Of her once ubiquitous treasures, leaving her violated and unrestored

We, the real pollutants with our toxins of ignorance and follies

Had threatened the inviolability to its peak

The Almighty up there finally took charge

And pressed the reset button, for the planetary settings to restore

Sending signs to revive life, through goddess Shakti in Navaratries,

Appending a new fasting norm of abstinence, by staying indoors

Well this too shall pass, and reside in the history forever

The mistakes we made and the lessons we learnt

The real test is when we stride past this tunnel

The life will bring us to a new beginning once more

In a state akin to being put in the purgatory

The calls then we make now will decide, whether

Our new world retreats to the old hell

Or embraces the path to the heaven’s door !

A Queer Boy Next Door

TOGETHER let’s make this world an equal and inclusive place!

Why wasn’t I heaven sent
Life just pushed me to a lonely descend
Weight of unsolved questions
Tied with my raveled knots
I was left to fight and fend

While those around me
Had it simple and straight
A natural tryst, a social norm
Gravitating effortlessly towards each other

I longed for that feeling
A gaze that beguiled
A touch that set my heart pulsating
Dribbled coloures in my listless life
No flutter, no quiver, no arousal
ever I felt, surrounded with
the most alluring ones in sight

Aching for love, desire
Un-quenched, nothing kindled my fire

And then that accidental touch
twirled my core, twanged some strings
My heart just soared
Rousing my whole being

A buddy, my playmate
I had known for years
Never did I fathom
could en flame the feeling
I was looking for, elsewhere

How I wanted that again
And how I hated wanting it
Guilt, self-loathing , deprecating
A queer truth it was, I wished to refrain

How I could tell them, my want was pure,
A sweet lust, finally firing my allure.
But why! Oh hell why me!

It must be my mother, who failed to care
Handed dolls to play with,
dressed me up like a girl
Or that kin, indulging me on sweets
His wandering hands, wanton touch
The price I paid for my puerile greed

My teacher? who loved my golden curls
Favoured me with a lassie’s role in the school theatre
Often she told me, am pretty like a girl
They all damaged me beyond repair

I wanted to be like most
Yet yearned to set free my ghost
To do the things that pleased my heart
To express myself as it felt no harm
But my right was this world’s wrong

Behind my back, how they leer
Sting my back sour,
their gestures and sneers
A stigma to the clan, am cut lose
My own parents think
I am the result of their past life sins

Can you imagine
living a life of a personified curse
A disgrace to those who brought me to this world
Ridiculed by this society, my friends, one and all

I wanted to die
And end this ordeal
Praying to be reborn normal,
I stood on the edge of that cliff
Mustering the courage to embrace death
to bury those fiery dreams with me
I was never meant to realize

Soft breeze, a light drizzle
And a perfect moment
to end for a new start
Just then a soft whisper
Quavered my senses
“There’s nothing wrong with you sweetheart
Just a little different from the rest, we are
Made for each other, though in this world a misfit
We are forever Together in it “

Courage is a luxury!

Courage is a luxury!

For those who ain’t got a choice
And for many it’s a way of life

The one who barters her body
And mortgages her soul
Every night
To buy…
A new lease of life
For her cancer bedeviled mother
Hope for her siblings
By paying for the hovel’s roof, school and food
Love and affection of her father
Fending for his daily alcohol appetite
Every morning
Stitching her tattered vagina
Innumerable miscarriages be the collateral damage,
She lives, yet a part of her dies
Courage to her is, quintessential !

A War hero
With a glass eye and a wooden hand
Crippled halfway down
Battered by a hidden landmine
Patriotism still beating his aging heart
Honesty still brimming through his veins
His glorious memories of battlefield, keeping him alive
Yet often rebuked by kith and kin, living off his pension
For never putting himself before the countrymen
Courage for him is a, hyperbolic expression!

And many more…
A slum dweller,
Choosing honest labour in the harsh sun
An impaired man, learning skills over asking for alms
An acid attack survivor, spreading smiles through her scarred, burnt face
A revolutionary poet, a fireman, a selfless activist…
Waking up each day, sticking their neck out
taking upon the challenge to bring a change
Starting with their wattle and daub
Fighting fires, radiating joy, standing up for each right cause
So many …
Not breaking, not bending, rising against all odds
Courage to them is, elemental !

For rest of us
Living a thousand lies
Camouflaging mediocrity under the la-di-da
Seeking refuge in ersatz emoticons
Basking in our faux pride
The battles are trivial
The triumphs are fake
Social media full of causeless war cries
Clueless, mindless, shying away from reality
Often we seek approval from ‘comments and likes’
Courage for us is, just adrenaline !

Ersatz

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What do I make of…Your

Prolonged silence

Tacit promise

Terse note

 

Just the hunches of your

Unfinished conjecture

Unspoken words

Unexpressed feelings

Brusque touch

 

Distant… incoherent…inchoate…

I try to join them

Piece by piece

To complete a message

I long to receive!

 

None that I can

Touch… feel… grasp

Makes me wonder

If there was any?

Or I chased a mirage

Unreal and ersatz

Two Equal Halves

Equal doesn’t have to be identical

yinyang

If it was so…

The ether was similar to earth

The fire and water were akin

Like two fraternal twins

The Yin and Yang stood for the same

Not symbolizing the duality of nature,

Just two discrete names.

Earth adorns a white bridal veil each winter

Autumn she rests and hibernates

Spring impregnates the seed in her womb

Come summer it grows and germinates

A perfect harmony then, nature reverberates

Ever wonder…

If the cosmos goes askew

And orbs go astray

The sun decides not to rise

The days would get swallowed by nights

No light, no life, no time would hold

The universe will be a one big black hole.

But that’s not what makes the world go round

For zillions of light years what keeps it abound

The Universe subsists and gravity sustains

The orbs revolve, in orbits they remain

Fire, water, air and wood

All respect each other’s protocol

Each element sings its note

The quintessence of existence

Lies in playing their Equal Vital role

Actually…

Equal was never meant to be Identical

But equally relevant

Contrary but complementary

Distinct yet interconnected

Symbiotic but apart

Muscle to move the body

And blood to warm the heart

You need a fine amalgam

To reach a common goal

To give birth to a new life

And make that indivisible whole.

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A DESIRE OR TWO…

A desire or two

Browbeaten and bottled up

Secured safely, archived in the cellar

Lost sight and forgotten

Under the dusty layer of clay.

 

A hankering rambler

Wanting to quench

Opened the window of the cellar

Taking a sneak peek

Into the watering hole, well arrayed.

 

Entering the dark corners

Damp and musty

Stirring the long trapped

Air inside

The wanderer found his quay.

 

The tightly shut cover

Loosening its grip wanting to breathe

Got a whiff of the vintage spirits

Intoxicated and provoked

Nudged the lid away.

 

Losing the cover

Laid bare the desires

No longer caged and bedevilled

Leapt out of control

Slid and had their way.

Love

Love… Someone define I haven’t felt for a while Haven’t heard for sometime Haven’t seen it kindle The spark of late Transpiring the emotion Connecting the soul mates So celestial but blind To the r…

Source: Love

Love

Love…

Someone define

I haven’t felt for a while

Haven’t heard for sometime

Haven’t seen it kindle

The spark of late

Transpiring the emotion

Connecting the soul mates

So celestial but blind

To the reason, corollaries

Just flows in songs and rhymes

Yes Love, sublime

 

Hey someone just whispered

The word Love again

Is it the one that resides

In the glint of eyes

Radiance of the halo

Colour of the blush

Gets etched on the heart

Engulfs in its gush

Whelms you to the core

Sways with its unimpeded flow

Makes your soul soar

Ah Love, divine

 

I reached out for a deeper view

Nothing of the ilk or hue

Oh, it was something else

But love

A need, a want, a greed

Sense of possession, conceit

Nothing selfless, nothing unconditional

Totally measurable and transactional,

Pragmatic, tangible

No Love, Sigh

 

Still aching to discover one day

Love as they say

Without a trace of alloy

Changing its properties

In its chaste form

No conditions , no norms

No similes, no metaphors

No whys, no wherefores

Only pure ore

No substitutes, no pseudonyms

Just Love, no synonyms

Surrender Your Soul !!

Surrender Your Soul !!

 

The Soul !

The Soul !

Today I don’t want to fight

Today I want to heal !

Today I don’t want a war

Today I want some peace !

Today I don’t want to annex

Today I want to let go ‘n’ release!

Today I don’t wish to march

Today I wish to kneel…

With my hands folded,

With my eyes closed,

With my head bowed,

With my mind still,

To Thy Grace! Thy Divinity

And Thy power, Thy touch, Thy illuminance,

Within, I want to feel !!

Amen !