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...

i Shalimar the clown

Shalimar the irascible clown
not really a contradiction
but dialectics at work trapezes
through thin air and walks in between trees
for a midnight dalliance with his ladylove
like earth she opens her body
lets him enter and envelopes him
you are my Bhoomi the terrestrial
dancing a merry salsa with the ethereal
the tango queen the Gemini twin
wife and mother you set the prism of my existence
and when the rays filter through your myriad pores
a chiaroscuro of renewal and wonderment
i begin to see the day in a brand new light
the world is a circus and i am a small town player
daring to dream big because you are the earth i walk on
the air i fly the swing i ride with undulating pride
befriending flowerbirdcatdoggoldfish on the way
when you are away the clown does not waltz
and sing operatic songs of goodwill banter
he shrinks and becomes heavy
the balladeer awaits his muse

( 28 November 2005 )