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Monday, March 01, 2021

the beggar woman's eyes

the beggar woman's eyes

i have looked into many an eye
innocent, inviting, infatuating
dismissive, steely, transfixed
but her eyes
had an odd magnetism
dull, weathered  
eyes that have seen it all
once you lock eyes 
there is no escape

Sunday, February 28, 2021

elusive shangri la

elusive shangri la

life is to be lived
an opportunity
not extended to all
existential dilemma 
for economists
benign and tinpot rulers
down the millennia
as men and women
come and go

Saturday, February 27, 2021

soccer dad

 soccer dad

on the field

the young child

missed the target

the father consoled 

the crestfallen child

off the field

the father forlorn

lost in syllogism

evoking missed targets

Friday, February 26, 2021

real unreal

 real unreal

under the spotlight in the corner

the dieffenbachia with shiny leaves

and on the wall three wooden frames

with florid pictures of houseplants

Thursday, February 25, 2021



life and living would be simpler if we could see what is behind the everyday faces we see reality exposed for once finding true love
Cesare Sofianopulo Masks (1930)

Wednesday, February 24, 2021




wajood mo'aiy'yoon hay

munsalik wajood say

teri meri jaan hay

tughiani e andesha

istifsaar kerti hay

jan tou aani jaani hay

mawra e wajood e faani hay

phir yeh khalish kaisi

Tuesday, February 23, 2021



longing to drown

in the honeycomb

of the inner self

avoiding the (blazing) sun

has to be wrestled

Monday, February 22, 2021



ujalay ki haqeeqatoN say

amaan chahtay hu'aye

aao ghar'q ho jaiN

ghaar e daroouN ki tareekion maiN

kay abhee shayad muhlat baaqi hay

Sunday, February 21, 2021


suffering thirst hunger cold deprivation discrimination disenfranchisement what do you know of suffering? go to an abattoir look into the choiceless eyes 

of a goat, sheep or cow 

Saturday, February 20, 2021

blowing ...

 blowing ...

folks blow horns
wittingly, or ...
some touting ambition
others defunct dogmas
and many
turn a deaf ear

Friday, February 19, 2021

suni sunaee

 suni sunaee

baray neend suna hay
her jagah aati hay 
yeh suni sunaee 
baatouN ko kaun sunay

Thursday, February 18, 2021



in zanjeerouN say jo pehnaee hay
mauj e hawadis nay sadiouN say
rozan say girtay hu'aye yeh zarrat
ik din zaroor najat dilaiNgay

Wednesday, February 17, 2021

talaash ii (revised)

 talaash ii (revised)

zeh'n kay jangaloN maiN
zaat kay sehraoN maiN 
t'ri ankhioN ki jheel maiN
ghota zun dhooNdta hooN 
saleeb ko, pyalay ko

ab tou yeh aalam hay 
her rah chaltay shaksh ki 
aankhoN maiN dhoondta hooN 
khud ko ...

Tuesday, February 16, 2021

talaash i (revised)

talaash i (revised)

zeh'n kay jangal, zaat kay sehra maiN
aur teri aankhON ki jheel maiN hay
talash kisi go'om gushta such ki 
jo saleeb per saidouN pehlay
chaRha diya tha, ya jis nay
khushi say zeh'r pee liya tha
jaanta hooN yeh sub, khalish laikin
muztarib rakhti hay mujhay

Monday, February 15, 2021

my short interpretation

 my short interpretation

smile  when you wake up be good to your self a prelude to be good to others and when you sleep pray for a smile when you wake up

The Valuable Time of Maturity by Mário de Andrade

Sunday, February 14, 2021

of inconsequential consequences

 of  inconsequential  consequences

in consequence
this earth

in consequence?

Saturday, February 13, 2021

talaash ii

talaash ii

paida hotay hee zaalimoN nay
saleeb per chaRha diya thaa 
kya a'jub jo zeh'n kay jangaloN maiN
zaat kay sehraouN maiN go'om
teri ankhiouN ki jheel maiN ghar'q
khood ko najanay kyuN dhooNdta hooN
aur ab tou yeh aalam hay kay
her rah chaltay ki aankhouN maiN
janay kis kis ko dhoondta hooN...

Friday, February 12, 2021

talaash i

talaash i

zeh'n kay jangal maiN
zaat kay sehra maiN
aur t'ri numnaak 
aankhoN ki jheel maiN
kis such ki talaash hay
paida hotay hee Oosnay
saleeb per chaRha dya, phir
sar e rah youN her aankh maiN
kis such ki talaash hay

Thursday, February 11, 2021

peer e tasma paa

peer e tasma paa

haath ya dil?
             haath ho
             dil ho
saza dil waloN kay
             jis'm ko
dimaagh walon ki
             rooh ko
milti yaheeN hay
ger buchch ga'aye
munkir nakir tou haiN
peer e tasma paa

Wednesday, February 10, 2021

mother nature

mother nature

mother nature 
winces, smiles
when the tears
crawl north
seizing plains, mountains
their final revenge
an apocalyptic battle
an aqueous peace
adam and eve, reborn
prophets, books, the usual
followed by dissenters
and another great flood

Tuesday, February 09, 2021



mrs. havisham would not know
about whispering inanities

in these eclectic days keypads 
supersede human interaction  

Monday, February 08, 2021



storms ravage
winds whirl              
all around us

picking a flicker
from past millennia
only a thousand years young
we're the chosen ones
refuse to emerge
         from our cocoons

Sunday, February 07, 2021

let us hear it for the trees!

 let us hear it for the trees! @sheilabenson

cyperus papyrus and kin papyrus hadidi would love and enjoy the irony of eulogies written about them on paper

Let's hear it for trees !

Saturday, February 06, 2021

do clouds have feelings

 do clouds have feelings?

if not, why do they cry
                 cats and dogs
(do cats and dogs have feelings?
dogs do, cats are cagey)
why does everyone 
beneath, joins the clouds 

Friday, February 05, 2021

the mute beggar outside dolman mall

 the mute beggar outside dolman mall

the wrinkles on her face

a veritable topography

the forehead saharan dunes

side of left eye the great lakes

the right dunes of rab al khali

the cleft tectonic fissures

neck coppadacia

toothless smile compassionate

eyes penetrating

Wednesday, February 03, 2021


the live pearls
have no faith
caste or creed

motherhood value
shared universally

inform the uninformed
while i gather mine

Tuesday, February 02, 2021

zabani jama kharch

zabani jama kharch

baat tou app bhee theek kertay haiN

baat tou woh bhee theek kertay haiN

baat tou hum bhee theek kertay haiN

baatouN ki maujoN kay beech maiN

yeh naazuk dil  hay kyuN larzaaN

Sunday, January 31, 2021



sud afsos
yeh poochnay per
jur'm kaunsa akbar hay
gustakhi e rasool
gustakhi e elahi
         sur ooska
kardiya tun say juda
in khood sakhta
mominouN nay


hay jo tu

shish jehat

phir yeh ghar

kyuN hay?

Friday, January 29, 2021

writing in times of covid

writing in times of covid

'once upon a time...'

'it was a dark cold night...'

'in those days...'

abandoned and replaced by

'once upon a pre-covid time...'

'in the golden pre-covid days,,,'

'it was a dark pre-covid night...'


brume waiting for the fog to lift not the smog on the highway nor the bigot's effluvium or the mist in glazed eyes we debated fog, haze, mist long into the evening finally settling on smoke that had so permeated the walls of the saloon then she said goodbye and left

Thursday, January 28, 2021

fondness or love

 fondness or love

lifetime confinement
         the punishment
         for capturing 
that captivating smile

Wednesday, January 27, 2021

ish'q ya shauq

 ish'q ya shauq

     qaid e tanhaee
ka hisaar



that picture that picture placed strategically on the coffee table on the wall tiresome blatant milking by undeserving opportunists

Tuesday, January 26, 2021

waadah / promise

waadah waadah hee kyun kya ja'aye jo hum wafa na kar sakhaiN waadoun ka himala banay ta dunya humaiN jaan ja'aye promise why make promises that we do not keep? K-2 of promises to warn the universe

Monday, January 25, 2021

revenge is sweet...

 revenge is sweet...

venge - why? for whom? for what? unavenged – murmur, silence vengeful – smile, ignore unvengeful –killer smile (again) vengefully – insults galore, top decibel vengefulness – blood, splitting atoms, fission would go for vengeful and sleep fitfully

Revenge will be sweet ...

Sunday, January 24, 2021

intezar aur milaap

When I stepped out of my building I saw this dog waiting to greet me Follow my Instagram for Mumbai street photography… #dogsoftwitter #photography

 intezar aur milaap

kabhi kisi shokh ka tarouN ki chahouN maiN intezar aur milna dehleez per kuttay ka mukhtalif mulaqat donouN haiN dil nasheen