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...

Eight Siblings and One Stepchild

A little girl
Learning the order
Nine Siblings
Of the earth
Will now wonder
Why Nine gave
Way to Eight
And One stepchild
Just because some men
In white coats
Dishevelled hair
Lost faraway looks
And thick round spectacles
One day decided
One Planet ain’t
Good enough
And good ol’ Pluto
Overnight became
A dwarf –planet.
Never thought
Men would play
Their power games
Even with planets.

25 August 2006

Inspired by Alankrita’s poem on Caferati