Posts Tagged ‘short poems’

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lovers sunken,
from a faceless
haze, resurface.

one’s eyes, drowsy
hazel
another’s lips, scar
crescent
there’s a stubble, salty
strays
lanky loose limbs, firm
chest

fragmented
never whole
unholy affairs.

© Anuradha Prasad 2019

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talacauvery, coorg © Anuradha Prasad 2019

a faucet drooled:
slivers of water
circled and halted
at the edge of the
mouth, blooming
a fat drop, that sat
like an old man
pondering before
falling into a rusty
bucket with a soft
thump

thump
thump
thump

in pace with the heart
beating on the monitor
jagged green life
flattening, drowning
the fugitive droplets
with a rattle:
of breath
of heart
of being
strangled.

© Anuradha Prasad 2019

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there, dolphins!
sun-scorched sea weaves
little white lies.

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fox, fox cries
winter light’s shadows
it’s the cat.

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amber leaf
dead autumn’s amen
book-pressed.

© Anuradha Prasad, 2018

 

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beehives in the distance, coorg © Anuradha Prasad 2018

Amber fused with
light, the after-shadow
of daffodils, a sweetening
glaze of sunbeams.
Gathered in a geometry

of miniature hexagons
carved out of sweetness,
this house of honey hangs
over an untrodden trail.
Far away but close enough,

and at rest, in its angles and
depths, the faraway dream
of a field of daffodils.

© Anuradha Prasad 2018

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my demons take to the pages
voices: loud, strong, screeching,
pleading, brandishing
whips, swords. cuffs too.
bright flashing eyes
melting soft, languid, safe
even – a seducer’s language

lulling me to sleep, gently,
oh, so gently, unwrapping
a nightmare whose nooks
and crannies i know well:
comforting like a blanket
filled with my body’s warmth
my skin quivering under
the weight of dreams.

demons metamorphose
into father, mother, sister,
lover, familiar.

cobras slither through graves
peacocks dance atop graves
planes taxi between graves.

graves. of demons past are they?
will they resurrect?
will they rest-in-peace ever after?

futile hope, for aren’t these
thoughts too demons
dancing?

© Anuradha Prasad 2018

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belonging nowhere,
but to a geography of

experiences, too many
books, a cat, my roots

and in them too lurks
the transience of being.

© Anuradha Prasad 2018

artwork: marble painting by one of the kids at the lahe lahe summer camp

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a sparrow, can you believe, hopped on
the polished floor of the airport last week.
outside were neon men and giant jumbos.

and then, there were more. sparrows.
hopping dainty, pecking at their reflections
on the gleaming floors, curious and innocent
narcissists.

was it a mate that they saw in those
reflections, whom they tried to peck out of the
hard, unyielding floor that gucci-sandaled
passengers walked on?

feet that were composed,
framed, and instagram-ed. feet
that were applauded by a frenzy of
sterile heart clicks.

meanwhile, there are the sparrows…

© Anuradha Prasad 2018

 

 

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kites in cubbon park © Anuradha Prasad 2018

you showed me the kookaburra by the sea.

sitting on our balcony, you said.

where i live there are no kookaburras.

only crows and the squawking and chirping
chorus of anonymous birds whom
i wouldn’t recognize if i were to meet them.

they who rouse me from sleep,
make my cat prick her ears up,
warn of predators and swallowing eclipses

they with the sweetly choreographed
notes of existence, singing shy,
hidden behind a camouflage of leaves.

© Anuradha Prasad 2018

anu hampi sunset

hampi © Anuradha Prasad 2018

Under my night skin, what lies awake?

If I were to shed it like the snake that
lets go so easily its skin,
the peacocks that drop their feathers,
the butterfly that loses its very self

What would be left?

A blank slate.

Must I start again, then?

Must I gather more nights,
allow stars, cosmic dust, the moon
to seep into my skin, my bones,
my heart, my soul. Once again,
to sing a new song of the same night?

Or should I gather days of scorching sun,
cerulean skies, fluffy clouds dissipating,
to create a new song, so unfamiliar in its
shades, its colors, its shapes, its voice,
so warm, so very day?

But me.

I am the night.

© Anuradha Prasad 2018

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The cat prowled the stars: sniffing and scratching,
marking her territory, that shape-shifting being.

Nur stepped into the stars which she dreamed
in the darkness beneath her lowered eyelids.
Here, crimson and midnight stars exploded.
She hopped from one star to the other –
looking for nothing
finding everything
taking nothing.

The cat approached. The universe spun, shot
stars. A somersaulting debris of dead dreams.
Decay shimmered.

The cat sniffed, rubbed her head against Nur’s
limb. A purr rose against her fur. Her round eyes
elongated, blinked. Love, you are so feline.

Nur opened her eyes to disappearing stars
marching in a line of untruths.
The cat remained, chin propped on her leg,
watching her stretch –
gathered midnight, scattering.

© Anuradha Prasad 2018