the last sin
  pale ashen sky
a bleary eye
clouds of recurring screams...
i am a zoo
  an octopus leviathan
tentacles into an ocean
of unformed emotions...
syphilis and love  
  syphilitic pall
stifles the clear blue
i contort...
shell and pearl
  amidst highs and lows
in life's ocean flows
a shell peony-mouthed...
i am an unmarried mother
  fed on stings
of barbed milk morality
my child-plankton...
the lovers
  cell upon cell
bridge of their union
hung on the pillars...
  ogre of age
and time cavil
at a warm picture...
the young today
  innocence thaws
at the altar
of ambition...

Absolutely! (perhaps)

what is the nature of truth
truth as lie in disguise
lie as truth convincingly told
truth as life a universal law
life as truth with myriad shades
truth as art on a calming canvas
truth as science of empirical evidence
facts where do they reside
in matter or in minds
is it real if not perceived so
or is perception reality
wherein lies the truth
deception maybe one man’s truth
another’s nightmare
truth versus delusion
or truth for delusion
truth as eternity
truth as ephemera

what is the nature of knowing
do we know ourselves
leave alone others
do we know what we think
we know
at once shades of black and white
at once grey
does life imitate art or art life
life as art in repose
art as life in action
interplay of love pathos humour passion
delusion delight drama
and a little tittle-tattle
a voyeur’s delight
is there an incontrovertible truth
untrammelled illusion

truth is an absolute
depends on which side
of the wall you are on

Inspired by Absolutely! (perhaps), Pirandello's famous play and F ranco Zeffirelli's West End production of the same.

( London 6 July 2003, New Delhi 13 July 2003 )