Spread across the centre page sat
a good home, its marble face shone
against the streaming light, falling
on a desk standing still, by the window sill
with pictures hanging all around.
Bright blue candles neatly climbing
the pyramid of books in glossy garb
and Chrysanthemums peeking
at straight lined cigars,
astride atop a China vase.
No feet roaming wild within walls,
pearly white and standing tall
covered in framed brushstrokes
containing the lives of other folks.
In this good house so perfect
and true, no stories spill
and spread unchecked,
colouring sleeping rugs that lay
lost in secrets of Mandalay.
‘Doomed Love’ was scribbled on the cover
Of Aeneas and Dido in time torn asunder
Just then a voice joined my morning ride
Cowering behind a cellphone smile.
The journey she had made for him
To take her mind off sordid things
All tangled now in unshakable vows
He was leaving it all for now.
Her voice quivered as she said “Goodbye!”
“Go then, forever”, she cried
The tears I heard but did not see
Her troubles lay bare next to me.
Words didn’t fly off the page again
I said “forget”, only to myself
Life could look better without that love
The one that hurt you so much.
Ring ring ring it did again
“No more, no more” in refrain
Trembling she rose to face it all
Dido among the Delhi winds.
This poem was composed on a cellphone during a 40 minute metro ride.
Life played love on a Thursday in spring,
Caught in a bundle of secret strings
Sepia melodies and gilded notes
Found a sail to stay afloat.
Saltwater kiss wrapped in an embrace
The moonlit sky stood witness amazed
Heartless rain drenched love to the bone
Time bargained to walk alone.
Distance built its hollow bridge
Eyes held what words never did
On a stone all promises were writ
Stardust shared its wondrous gift.
Tainted pride grew molten wings
And challenged love to foolish games
Hidden chambers then stood ajar
Brought life and love together this far.
Innocent smiles and honest ties
Have found new roads under pelican skies
Now learning to dance like forgotten stars
And always remembering who we are.