TIME TRAVEL

The child in me
Travels back in time
To the days filled with glee
And happiness sublime

No worries to worry
Nothing so hard-pressed
Carefree and joyful days
In an endless glaze

Learning to ride the bicycle
Gliding through the breeze of freedom
Jars in shops filled with molten treacle
Tickled by the smell and taste

Making canopies under huge trees
In Summer was a relentless need
Smuggling salt and chilly from home
To smear on hard earned gooseberries
Savouring simple joys and never alone

Afternoons passed in this one and that one’s home
Trying to play something in hush hush tones
Cards, carrom, ludo or snake and ladders
Evenings drew us out into the frontyard
To play run&catch, hide&seek, or hopscotch

Unhappy and glum as dusk fell
Going back home was a thing to fret
But filled our hearts with wonder
for tomorrow and yonder…….

Twined

I have grown my roots deep into you
They can hold you together
Or can make you fall apart
I extract my energy from you
And give you shade from the harshness
I adhere to you for growth
That keeps us together
I branch out and reach the sky
With you holding me for support
You and I are intertwined
Severing one will lead to
The crumbling of the other
Though not an ideal way
We are made for each other…

Random pennings

Sitting in my lair

Wondering why I am here

I close my windows to the world

Feeling the breath inside

No clue as to when is the last

And when it is

I want to see you my soul

Break free from the earthy being

Light as a feather

Declaimed

From the flesh and bones

I want to see you my soul

Mix into nothingness

Opening my windows to the world

I am safe in my lair

Do I want to step out

I don’t know

I want to see you my soul

Bathe in the rain of heaven

I want to see you my soul

Take off into the soft clouds

Purple green and red

Colour the darkness

A miniscule bubble I am

Throbbing till it bursts

Let it have all the colours

Let it grow encompassing all it can

Bouncing with life

Let me not burst

Till it’s time

To go back from where I came

To mingle and trickle down

And become another bubble again.

WOW… World Of Women

A strange connection emerges on Women’s day when we send messages and quotes to all women in the contact list, Facebook contacts, WhatsApp contacts… This phenomenon may be because as a woman worldwide we tread on the same path, similar lifestyle, identical problems… Yet do we understand and relate to all the women in this world… Or at least to all the women we know… Or yet still to all the women we are close to….or to go one step further to the women who works at home for us…who have to work hard to make both ends meet…
Do we as women realise and put ourselves in the other woman’s shoes and try to understand and cooperate with that section of women who have to slog day in and day out , who come to work in our homes no matter what is going on in their lives, help us with our home chores, making our day to day life smooth.

The least we could do is to talk to them, find out what is going on in their lives, enquire about their health and that of their family, about the kids education… And so many more ways….
It’s when on this level when we communicate woman to woman, the celebration of women’s day becomes more meaningful…

Warrior

This is Alex…. We met him by chance in a guest house where we stayed about a fortnight ago. He is affected with a neurological illness that obstructs the proper movement of his hind legs… Yet the energy and high spirit oozing from him was contagious… He was not having a permanent home but was taken care by a wonderful team called SPARK. Just recently he has got a home and has been adopted…

I am greatly touched by this wonderful dog and he inspired me to write this….

He is a fighter, a brave heart
He will not be dettered nor fall apart
By anything that comes his way
He is blessed with tremendous will
To see the light of the day
He is a warrior
To take everything in his stride
Do not under estimate his courage
For that is his pride
He is strong and can defy
All troubles with his might
And soar high in the sky
Alex… Come on and embrace life
You are a blessed soul
Bringing joy to everyone around you
Shower on us humans
Your love which is the only thing that is true…

Inflection

Abandoned and ravaged
Spirits and energies speak tales
Long shadows cast grief
Broken walls enumerate rage
Inflection of a moment
Now you are here
Soon to become past
Carrying the mysteries
With the air that you inhale
What lain behind
And what lays ahead
Footprint for eons
On the mud, on barren land
Bricks and sand figurate
Stories of unfulfilled hope
Breath of faceless forms
Haunt the air
Now I am here
Inflection of a moment
Ashes I become
Abandoned and ravaged
Into the dark murky space

Memories

Staring blank at the screen
Emotions as white as I see
Deeper I plunge into the abyss
Of the memories
A disquieting charade
Placid soul I hate to disturb
For ripples of anguish may be unearthed
Ploughed into the deep soil of my soul
Are seeds hidden which I would not allow to germinate
Intangible as is the soul…… so are the memories