A Letter To My Boss

Give to me a steady stream
Give to me your words I pray
Take me to a place of joy
Tell me what you have to say.

So we rest, all three of us
You and me and readers too
In a place of fulfillment
Give your words a-ringing true.

Sing your song, take me along
Here — I offer me to you
Let your song live on and on
Let your song take me to you


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A Letter To Separation

Dear Separation,
you have filled my heart
with a glow,
a subtle saffron sliver
on my tongue…
How might it be
if he were here?
I do not know.

Dear Separation,
I swim in you.
A moment fresh
as lime, then —
a teal damp
peaceful pain…
How might it be
if he were here?
I do not know.

Dear Separation,
you ascend in me
a moment screaming
you descend in me
with lingered chirping…
How might it be
if he were here?
I do not know.

In the whir of silence,
Separation,
you are the ground
on which I meet,
I dwell in him —
a moment unrelenting cement
then alive mysterious wood
another shimmering as paper…
Separation,
you are my song.

How might it be
if he were here?
I do not know.


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I did not pray for your good health

When a loved one is unwell and far away, and we are clueless of what he/she is going through, unable to be of any help –


I did not pray
For your good health,
I prayed that I experience
What you’re going through.
Just so I know.
Just so that I can
Be with you.

I want to hurt
Where it is
Hurting you –
Same spot, intensity.
Just so I know.
Just so that in the knowing
I can be with you.

I did not pray
For your good health.
Pain is so innate to life
Why should I pray
That you be bereft.
I pray to experience
It with you
Just so I know
What is going on with you.

I did not pray
For your good health.
I am too busy
Loving you.

कण कण में व्याप्त मैं भी

कण कण में व्याप्त मैं भी, तेरे संग

गुफाओं में, हवाओं में, तेरे संग
सागर में, शिलाओं में, तेरे संग
शरीर की शिराओं में, तेरे संग
केश कोशिकाओं में, तेरे संग

कण कण में नर्तन करती, तेरे संग

पतन में, उत्थानों में, तेरे संग
आंधी औ तूफानों में, तेरे संग
कीचड़ खलिहानों में, तेरे संग
मनुष्य की मुस्कानों में, तेरे संग

कण कण में व्याप्त मैं भी, तेरे संग

दर्द हाहाकारों में, तेरे संग
घोर अन्धकारों में, तेरे संग
कुन्ठित व्यापारों में, तेरे संग
प्यार के व्यवहारों में, तेरे संग

कण कण में नर्तन करती, तेरे संग

फूलों में, पत्तियों में, तेरे संग
वाणी में खामोशीयों में, तेरे संग
ब्रह्म ज्योति रश्मियों में, तेरे संग
प्रलय और सृष्टियों में, तेरे संग

कण कण में व्याप्त मैं भी, तेरे संग

Nourished, Even By His Absence

I love missing you. It’s such a tasty, wholesome experience.
Like eating a banana.

Missing you is juicy with a devious prick…
Like biting into a slice of pineapple.

I love missing you — like eating mangoes when they aren’t there.
Sucking on cherished moments, each subtle feeling.

At times, missing you is tasteless with a slight distaste.
Akin to Kale, it fills me with energy.

I love missing you with ease.
Just as water flows into my mouth, down the throat, with ease.

I love missing you when I’m not even aware, that I am missing you.
Just as I breathe. Missing you is my life.

And then suddenly, I am aware — that I am missing you.
And suddenly I’m that much more — alive!

one word poem

एक शब्द की कविता
तुम.

एक शब्द में पृथ्वी सारी
तुम
एक शब्द में सृष्टि सारी
तुम

क्या रिश्ता होगा जब तुम ही हो
यह वाणी तेरी

– तुम

a one word poem
you.

in one word
entire earth
you

in one word
the universe
you

relationship?
not possible
when there’s only one-
you

this voice is yours

~ you


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