Sunday, 21 January 2018

Euthanasia

Freezing Ahalya’s body into stone
Was an act of pity, not punishment;
It is better to turn stone cold,
Than to feel and not be fulfilled.



First published in Hakara, 15 Jan 2018.


This is not that home

We were told
“Go back where you had come from,
Go home.”
When we returned 
We found we had the right address
But the wrong home.
They were already there,
Saying it was as much their home
As anyone else’s 
And because, you know, their home 
Therefore, you see, their rules.
If any of us dared to object,
They said,
We could go elsewhere
Seeking refuge.

First published in Hakara, 15 Jan 2018.


Saturday, 20 January 2018

Interrupted

‘What’s that?
What were you just doing?’
I suspect surprise and curiosity
In these lines my sister utters
But the slight frown and the quickness of tone
Make it seem like mild admonition
Emerging out of annoyance.
So my grandmother stops.
And now I’ll never know
How it went,
Her humming,
Done while fingering her nose pin
Eyes screwed to focus on a blank,
Body leaning forward, swaying slightly.
I would have liked to know
How the tune turned and ended,
Hummed as a lullaby to oneself.

First published in Hakara, 15 Jan 2018.


Friday, 19 January 2018

Joke

How sad
To be so poor
That you can’t afford
Your own laughter,
To insist 
That it must be 
At another’s expense,
To beg 
That you be allowed 
Only a joke
Except it never is
Enough
It won’t be
Not one, not any, not many
Would be enough
To fill
Your emptiness.



First published in Hakara, 15 Jan 2018.




Thursday, 18 January 2018

Ready, unsteady

My desire is a twirl 
Poised to become a poem.
I swat it into logic.

First published in Hakara, 15 Jan 2018.


Spillage

You thought the day I first wore lipstick,
I became a show-off,
Got a stiff upper lip,
When all I did
Was to nervously cover up
The run-over colour on my teeth.

First published in Hakara, 15 Jan 2018.


Tuesday, 16 January 2018

Cursory

When you ask, “How are you?”
You’re asking how I am, 
How I continue to be
Day after day
In this world
Relentless
That’s going to take longer than a jiffy
So I suggest you come back later
When you’re looking to specialise in the course,
Not betting that you’d just browse and breeze through it.

First published in Hakara, 15 Jan 2018.




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