Sunday, July 02, 2017

To melt

Rosa Covarrubias con rebozo by Tina Modotti
To melt all our burning
pride into a scented balm
to sooth the misery
of this strange wild world.

- Neha

Why I love birds

Rosa Rolanda - Autorretrato, 1958
That, we too can rise
despite gravities’ fierce pull.

- Neha

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

A Work Of Artifice

Penzai (penjing) on a mural (706 CE) — in the Tang Dynasty tomb of Prince Li Xian, Wiki Commons
The bonsai tree
in the attractive pot
could have grown eighty feet tall
on the side of a mountain
till split by lightning.
But a gardener
carefully pruned it.
It is nine inches high.
Every day as he
whittles back the branches
the gardener croons,
It is your nature
to be small and cozy,
domestic and weak;
how lucky, little tree,
to have a pot to grow in.
With living creatures
one must begin very early
to dwarf their growth:
the bound feet,
the crippled brain,
the hair in curlers,
the hands you
love to touch.

- Marge Piercy

Tuesday, May 02, 2017

Vicinity

Curtis "Talwst" Santiago
Every Saturday, Father and I Would Go Get Lined Up, 2016
Your words,
like soft flowers came.
With sound of train whistles,
Lily asleep on your bed,
Santiago and Peanut
leisurely lined up: in ink that matters
- of distant loves in vicinity.

- Neha, for Riley

Monday, May 01, 2017

Jasmine dreams

Jannat by Neha
Heaven:
is here,
with my
nose
in you.

- Neha

Friday, March 17, 2017

Logos

Untitled by Jeram Patel 

You, who excavate for meaning:
Meaning, you make.

- Neha

The Dream Keeper

The Gladioli Les Glaïeuls 1 by Marc Chagall 

Bring me all of your dreams,
You dreamers,
Bring me all your
Heart melodies
That I may wrap them
In a blue cloud-cloth
Away from the too-rough fingers
Of the world.

- Langston Hughes