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...

Chandramukhi 2.0 

Peony-mouthed face lights up

When the Sun dances on her body

Did you see the twinkle in her eyes?

Short skirt, floppy socks, and an MMS later

She fades into the blazing sepia of scandal

While voyeurs feed on her innocence

A childhood condemned, a girl interrupted

She resurrects in a seedy Xanadu bar

A nirvana for the drug-addled

A kitschy Soho pretender

Where neon and moon mix a heady cocktail

And women peddle their wares

An ass, a tit, or leather, if you like

A warehouse of phantoms

A Phoenix, a dominatrix, a pleaser on phone

A master of languages, s’il vous plai^t

Collegian by day and whore by night

A girl unsullied in her hunger for love

An anchor to an addict, a lover to a loser

And when love nibbles its way into her fragile heart

She surrenders to its whimsical tyranny

And becomes one with it

A woman who crossed the Rubicon

Only to return 


You whore in a made-up world

You slayer of men's demons 

You eternal virgin.

18 February 2009
Inspired by Dev D. Title thought by Saumya Verma.