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...

slow down my boy

take in the shine take in the grime
watch the flowers bloom butterflies flirt
and if you don’t get such scenic views
in ugly metros watch the everyday people
go about their daily grind
with a half smile on their lips
and a child cradled on their hips
slow down my boy slow down my boy

the traffic may meander and coagulate
the fumes may rise and tempers fly
don’t you fret switch on the car stereo
and listen to the regular radio
or if you are feeling highbrow learn from u2
how to dismantle an atomic bomb
take it in your stride and believe in good life
watch the sun set in your rearview mirror
or the clerk rushing to his wife
slow down my boy slow down my boy

the sun is in its place big birds are soaring
and the clouds playing hide and seek
create surrealistic pictures moon’s a little shy
hey there’s an elephant in the sky
meanwhile the daily wage labourer is building
houses for you and me make a home
respect his sweat reward his brow
and the street vendor is crowing
away to earn a living ah fresh mangoes these
slow down my boy slow down my boy

when you read the morning paper
sip lemon tea talk to your spouse
when you brush sing a song
and in shower burst into a dance
let your emotion sit light at work
and in the evening when it’s soap time
cuddle next to your daughter and watch
with a single malt on the rocks
shenanigans on the idiot box
slow down my boy slow down my boy

modulate your voice modulate your steps
modulate the feelings in your head
great joy and great pain are a matter
of perspective tread gently tread firmly
and expose your demons spineless fellows
there’s a grand plan that is unfolding
you and i are but a speck in there
the gigantic blue is oh so cool
whatever will be will be so chill

slow down my boy slow down my boy

( 08 August 2006 )