Friday 27 March 2009

Spring

The scent of jasmine
pricks the stillness of the air.
Is it spring - or you?

Curiosity

Curiosity
may kill me. But that is the
way I want to die.

Meanings

Meanings make most
marvellous mysteries mere
mundane miseries.

Inspiration

The acid of hunger,
the saliva of greed
spur inspiration.

Jamuns

The jamuns ripen,
loaded with juice - thick, black, sweet.
Soap-sellers rejoice.

Hope

Propaganda needs
a million lies to come true.
Hope survives on one.

Wanderer

I have the wanderer's
curse: uprooted from home,
nowhere to strike roots.

Ox-cart

Ox-cart at traffic
signal. Thirteen thousand years
trundle to a halt.

Spring

The first koel of
spring must contend with the dogs
who also express.

Thursday 19 March 2009

उम्मीद

उम्मीद वह डोर है
जो पतंग को आसमान में
उडने देती है.

यह कृति उमर बहुभाषीय रूपांन्तरक की मदद से देवनागरी में टाइप की गई है|

Dance

Random motion or
orchestrated dance steps - who
knows the difference?

Tuesday 17 March 2009

Obvious

Eyes pick and choose: what's
invisible to me is
obvious to you.

Lenses

Life's a trick of light:
I wear your lenses and lo!
my worldview changes.

Hope

Two green leaves pushing
out from a crack in a wall.
Hope lasts forever.

Saturday 7 March 2009

Rose

How curious the rose -
sweet nectar for bees, deadly
leaf-venom for worms.

Cobwebs

Spun to catch a moment's dinner
And then to gather dust forever!

Prejudice

Prejudice reveals
that by being fallible
the saint is human.

Sum

Some things added, some
forgotten, I am the sum
of my memories.

A Western Ghat

Take 17 shades of green,
6 of brown,
droplets of red, yellow and violet,
a loud dash of orange.
Beat in some shadows,
a few ruptive spots of silver.

Arrange on hillock in random order.
Garnish with blue sky
and white clouds.
Serve with birdsong
and scented breeze.

Monday 2 March 2009

Umshini Wami

bring me my machine gun
bring me my machine gun
bring me my machine gun
bring me my machine gun

rich man he give da loan
poor man he sow da rice

poor man he grow da rice
poor man he reap da rice

poor man no pay da loan
rich man he eat the rice

bring me my machine gun
bring me my machine gun
bring me my machine gun
bring me my machine gun

rich man he give da loan
poor man he buy da cow

poor man he feed da cow
poor man he milk da cow

poor man no pay da loan
rich man he drink da milk

bring me my machine gun
bring me my machine gun
bring me my machine gun
bring me my machine gun

da revolution come
rich man no give more loan

poor man he eat the rice
poor man he drink da milk

da revolution come
poor man no suffer more

bring me my machine gun
bring me my machine gun
bring me my machine gun
bring me my machine gun

(3rd place at Kala Ghoda 2009)

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