Wednesday, October 01, 2014

River of Life

A blade of grass
fell in a river
and was set adrift.
It had an ambition
to stop the flow
of the gurgling river.
It turned across,
breathed in deep
and grunted hard,
‘Today I will stop
you at any cost.’

A blade of grass
fell in a river
and was set adrift.
It had an ambition
to merge the river
with the endless sea.
Inspired it was as
it roared, ‘Follow me
you ignorant river,
I will not rest
until I get you home.’

The river just flowed,
blissfully ignorant 
of the blades’ existence.

*The poem is based on the wisdom of Shiv Puran as described in the serial 'Devon ke dev Mahadev'.

Thursday, September 04, 2014

The fork along the path

A long time ago, I went for
a walk to nowhere in particular.
In some time, I reached a fork.
One sign said ‘Accept’,
the other said ‘Deny’.
Since curious I was to check out,
I took the path of denial.
Then came another fork
with the same options;
and I repeated my choice.

Then came another, and another
And then many more
I took the same choice again,
and then even more.
First it was fun, this denial thing.
But then the path became darker
with every choice I made.
Every fork got darker,
but my choice
stayed the same.

Soon enough, the signs
were not needed.
I chose the darker
route by instinct.
Thereafter, even the
forks disappeared.
The darkness got darker
and became its own mother.
When it reached its nadir,
I became nocturnal.

I then saw many eyes
of my kind. Feeling at home
in the obscurity of night.
We denied ourselves
for so long that we
forgot who we are.
We rambled about
in the dark, tripping,
hurting, trampling,
cursing and loving it.

I wallowed in the filth
until I loved it no more.
I walked again without
direction or sight;
guided only by inner light.
Tripping, hurting, trampling,
blessing and loving it.
Soon I reached a hazy fork
where one path had
a faint ray of light. 

Friday, August 29, 2014

Two balloons

Two balloons that were tied to a rod
often hugged and loved each other.
Both knew no other way to live.
Both were sold to different kids
who loved them too.

But a day came when
they were set free
to soar up in the sky
where they burst
and became
the same air.

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Confessions of a poet

I may sound wise,
but I’m not always so.
I may seem evolved,
but I have pitfalls too.

My best love songs,
don’t make me romantic.
They enthral me sometimes,
but don’t always give a kick.

A beautiful poem doesn’t
make me a perfect person.
For in the ocean of my flaws,
it’s just a wave of perfection.

I have my moments,
I have my quirks,
I get hurt too and
behave like a jerk.

I am as human
as human can be.
But when poetry comes,
It’s not just me.

Although it may seem like
it’s coming ‘from’ me,
the real truth is that,
It’s coming ‘through’ me.

I learn as much
in the process of writing
as you all do
in the moment of reading.

I sometimes don’t practise  
the wisdom of my own writing.
For I often slip, falter and fall
before I get up and get going.

But when I fall below the line,
I’m aware of the missed track.
My writing becomes my mirror
that I can’t face, until I’m back.

My poems become my beacon
that draws me out of the dark;
when I’m finally out in the sun,
they sing merrily like a lark. 

Thursday, July 24, 2014

O' Mind! Let go

O’ Mind! Let go of your cocoon
and give wings a chance.
A life with flight awaits you.

Let go of the hoarding
and give sharing a chance.
A greater treasure awaits you.

Let go of your fear
and give love a chance.
A life more fulfilling awaits you.

Let go of the past and future
and give present a chance.
A life more aware awaits you.

Let go of your prejudices
and give acceptance a chance.
A life more loving awaits you.

Let go of your doubts
and give faith a chance.
A life so miraculous awaits you.

Let go of your competition
and give collaboration a chance.
A life more evolved awaits you.

Let go of your insecurities
and give existence a chance.
A life so fearless awaits you.

Let go of your limitations
and give source a chance.
A life so limitless awaits you.

Let go of possessiveness
and give freedom a chance.
A life more eternal awaits you.

Let go of the hurt
and give forgiveness a chance.
A life so wholesome awaits you.

Let go of your attachments
and give detachment a chance.
A life so Godly awaits you.

Let go of your chatter
and give silence a chance.
A life so divine awaits you.

Let go of your ‘self’
and give God a chance.
A life so complete awaits you.

O’ Mind! Let go,
In your withering lies the true blossoming.
Let go, for there is more where that came from.

Saturday, July 19, 2014

मैं कहाँ लिखता हूं ? - Hindi Ghazal

मैं कहाँ लिखता हूं ?
मैं तो एक कलम हूं किसी और के हाथ की

मैं कहाँ फनकार हूं ?
मैं तो एक वीणा हूं किसी और फनकार की

मैं कहाँ कुछ केह्ता हूं ?
मैं तो खुद अल्फ़ाज़ हूं किसी और की ज़ुबां का

मुझमे कहाँ कोई हुनर है ?
मैं तो अभिव्यक्ति हूं किसी और अदाकार की

ये ज़िंदगी मेरी कहाँ है ?
ये सांसें तो कर्ज़दार हैं किसी और लेनदार की

Transliteration:
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main kahaan likhta hoon?
main to khud kalam hoon kisi aur ke haath ki.

main kahaan fankaar hoon?
main to khud veena hoon kisi aur fankaar ki.

main kahaan kuch kahta hoon?
main to khud alfaaz hoon kisi aur ke zubaan ka.

mujhme kahaan koi hunar hai?
main to abhivyakti hoon kisi aur adakaar ki.

ye zindagi meri kahaan hai?
ye saansein to karzdar hain kisi lendar ki.

Translation:
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I'm not the writer.
I'm just a pen in the hands on another.

I'm not the musician.
I'm just a veena (musical instrument) of another musician.

It is not I who speaks.
I'm just the words in the mouth of someone else.

I don't have any talents.
I'm just an expression of some other artist.

This life is not mine.
My breaths are my debt to some lender. 

Saturday, July 12, 2014

Madness filter

One day at a crowded station
as I waited for the local train,
through the crowd came a shriek
that pierced our busy brain.

“I hate you.
I love you.
I kill you.
I hate you.”

Every head turned to check
the source of the sharp noise.
The crowd split apart to reveal
a torn clothed man without poise.

We observed and ignored him,
gave space and let him be.
He blabbered what came to him
without a filter of propriety.

“Poor crazy fellow,” chuckled
the dapper man next to me.
We forgot him as the train arrived
in our hurried boarding spree.

Every commuter was lost
in his phone or her thought.
Every face, though silent without,
in an inner volcano, was caught.

There is a fine filter that masks
our emotions and projects peace.
It curbs our real thoughts and
creates a facade of pleasant face.

It’s the filter that separates us
from the ‘mad’ in our society.
Else, we’d be mouthing it all,
killing our purported sobriety.