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Saturday, June 18, 2016

ramooz e bay khudi

zahid ko bhala kaun batla'aye
asrar o ramooz e bay khudi

sub woh dana jo thay musahib 
shaikh o zahid o brahman kay
chiragh oonka sadiouN say gul hay

haaN karobar e nishat o meh
ruka na rukay ga, gaamzun hay

Friday, June 17, 2016

bad news galore

is there any sense
in sharing feelings
any more?

each day
heralds gross news

based on garnished truth
fermented in hatred
regurgitated in biases
cooked in lies
spun on social media





Thursday, June 16, 2016

river of delusions

we sail
            in the river of delusions
swim
            in the stream of myths
float
            in the sea of revelations
and profess to follow
            path of peace

while all around
            some of us
create divisiveness
            and mayhem
in the name of
            a copyrighted god


Wednesday, June 15, 2016

suspension of disbelief

belief 
suspended

disbelief
suspended

we sail
oarless
armed with 
suspect faith

                         and 
with litle provocation
get agitated

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

poessay: mirage tales ix

the search unyielding
               unending
not infinite
both of us know
it'll end
the goal 
is in the pursuit

Monday, June 13, 2016

poessay: mirage tales viii

miles to go?
miles to go nowhere
each day a new landscape
a new city
              on a hill
              by the sea
              by the lake
              in the desert
miles left behind
miles to go
the search unyielding
              unending



Sunday, June 12, 2016

till we drop

admitting transgressions
                           when 
perfidy meant infidelity
infraction or infarction
related to matters 
                           of the heart
goofing or golfing
living or loving
a cocktail of misgivings
whirling in inspired tales
                            till we drop

Saturday, June 11, 2016

brass plaque

we talked about him
the times we shared
the fun we had
playing chess till late morning

his wife shared disliking 
being labelled widow

the daughter wistfully
said she misses his kindness

the son kept to himself

they gave me the directions
to his resting place
in the vale
surrounded by the BC mountains

m said gentle folks go early
i found it hard
to say i miss you friend

i have never talked
to a brass plaque before

Friday, June 10, 2016

poessay: mirage tales vii

hud - bay hud...

khudi aur
khudi kay kinaray
khud shinasi
                   aur
khud faraibi
taa hud de nazar
                         sarab
ik bhanwar
is 
ya oos 
talatum maiN

Thursday, June 09, 2016

rajasthan

approaching him mid field
she pulled her palloo
across her face
and handed him his lunch
the smile on his face
spelled love
in the mid noon sun

Wednesday, June 08, 2016

persiflage

in silences and pauses
so much can be revealed
how much, she asked
way too much
you are mischievous
believe that at your peril

Tuesday, June 07, 2016

jamhooriyat

kya karaiN
suraj ki roshni
barish ki cheetaiN
barfani hawa
masoom ki muskurahat
kisi ki bakwas
sub per barabar girti 

Monday, June 06, 2016

democracy

thoughts
wayward
sunlight
cascading flurries
raindrops
captivating smile
songs in the wilderness
idle chatter
are so democratic

Sunday, June 05, 2016

blase

it is shutters down late
kiya karaiN?
what to do?
time is no constraint
               anytime
one can 
make love
surf, sleep
               or
               tweet

Saturday, June 04, 2016

fate / waq't ka haseen sitam

fate

once he cajoled
'you're with us
or against us'
today
he walks the dog
                       alone



waq't ka haseen sitam

kal 
kahaaN woh shahana khitab
aur aaj
gumnami ka ik aur musafir

Friday, June 03, 2016

syncretic regurgitating.

priorities
ever so fickle
change with food
                       for thought
or 
                       in the stomach

Thursday, June 02, 2016

the frown

honesty is best
you agree

am perplexed
at your frown
when i replied
to your query
'how do i look?

Wednesday, June 01, 2016

from turkey to cow to lamb

rituals
are an excuse
if truth be told
men would have us
dead

Tuesday, May 31, 2016

is that love? / kya yeh pyar hay

is that love?

sleep
absconds
when you
are not be(d)side

kya yeh pyar hay

a'jub baat hay 
t'ray saath
neend bhee
chali jati hay


Monday, May 30, 2016

poessay: mirage tales vi

a bent indian
wrinkles singing
            stories
unresolved
appearing
irreconcilable
mushrooming fault-lines
raining all over
turning walls
into wailing ones

Sunday, May 29, 2016

poessay: mirage tales v

these masks 
simulacrum
of seven degrees
some nod
some ponder
while i wonder
as we drive

Saturday, May 28, 2016

poessay: mirage tales iv

what are you pursuing
Truth
                it is elusive
i know
                and busy
busy?
yes, Truth is God's bridge partner
                perhaps
but pursuit needs persistence 



Friday, May 27, 2016

poessay: mirage tales iii

kisay dhoond rahay ho?
                        such ko
woh busy hay
                        busy?
ji haaN 
bridge tournament maiN
such khuda ka partner hay
tou phir kyuN matlashi ho?
safar shar't hay

Thursday, May 26, 2016

poessay: mirage tales ii

peeling mirages
on the road
as landscape transforms
plains to hills
dawn to dusk
amazement reigns
reality phantoms
collude the conscious



Wednesday, May 25, 2016

poessay: mirage tales i

checklist checked
next destination set

why are we doing this?
driving?
yes
change of pace
see the road...mirage?

the mirage 
is not an illusion
it is meditative
reflecting, cathartic

the landscape rushes by
thoughts and reflections
emerge 
segue
fade


Tuesday, May 24, 2016

o amore

sing me a new song
am enervated 
of faded cliches
worn over truthiness
wars and mayhem dancing
on clutches of ardor
and ratings, of feigning 
righteous indignation
in front of audience

sing me a new song
or hold me in your arms
in that embrace
that speaks sighingly

i want to let go 
of this ungodly day
sing me a new song

Monday, May 23, 2016

aaj koi naee baat sunao

aaj koi naee baat sunao
suraj
       mashriq
suraj
       maghrib
umrika
yahood o hind
loot maar
daulat  
         bahar
izzat 
         ander
zina
       haq ka
zina  
       bil jab'r

aaj koi naee baat sunao
ya pighaal dO seesa

Sunday, May 22, 2016

khwaab/dreams

khwaab
jo sharminda e taabir ho jai
aisay khaab ki tamanna kaun karay

dreams
if a dream comes true
is it worth dreaming?

Saturday, May 21, 2016

subub e ruswaee

meh say 
            na nishat say

deen say 
            na dhar'm say

hay koi gharz
            na koi gila

behkatay haiN
behaktay haiN

ruswa kertay haiN
ruswa hotay haiN


Friday, May 20, 2016

pause, play, break (draft ii)

i
id
limpid
pellucid
lucid
sane
i not
insane

i'm

am i?
slam 
i slam?
islam
la la lala 
lament
me?