Friday, May 27, 2016

Itna na apne jame se

Abanindranath Tagore 
  - Bahadur Shah Zafar,

Sunday, May 22, 2016

I rose — because He sank —

As We Sunk by Neha
I rose — because He sank —
I rose — because He sank —
I thought it would be opposite —
But when his power dropped —
My Soul grew straight.

I cheered my fainting Prince —
I sang firm — even — Chants —
I helped his Film — with Hymn —

And when the Dews drew off
That held his Forehead stiff —
I met him —
Balm to Balm —

I told him Best — must pass
Through this low Arch of Flesh —
No Casque so brave
It spurn the Grave —

I told him Worlds I knew
Where Emperors grew —
Who recollected us
If we were true —

And so with Thews of Hymn —
And Sinew from within —
And ways I knew not that I knew — till then —
I lifted Him —

- Emily Dickinson

Friday, May 20, 2016

Palanquin Bearers

Lightly, O lightly we bear her along,
She sways like a flower in the wind of our song;
She skims like a bird on the foam of a stream,
She floats like a laugh from the lips of a dream.
Gaily, O gaily we glide and we sing,
We bear her along like a pearl on a string.

Softly, O softly we bear her along,
She hangs like a star in the dew of our song;
She springs like a beam on the brow of the tide,
She falls like a tear from the eyes of a bride.
Lightly, O lightly we glide and we sing,
We bear her along like a pearl on a string.

- Sarojini Naidu

Saturday, May 14, 2016

Star gazing in asphalt

 People at Night, Guided by the Phosphorescent Tracks of Snails by Joan Miró
There are stars 
in the asphalt,
Pushing the resignations 
of the day away,
Pulling you back
to start again, again. 

- Neha

Such a fool

Self portrait by Amrita Sher-Gil 
April first is long       gone

- Neha

To melt

Coloured ink on paper by Rabindranath Tagore
 c.1929-30, Coll. Rabindra Bhavana, Acc. No. 00-2376-16

To melt all our burning
pride into a scented balm
to sooth the misery
of this strange wild world.

- Neha

Thursday, May 12, 2016

II Statement of Purpose II

Untitled by K K Hebbar 

Turn dinosaurs
into unicorns.

- Neha ( For T, to turn)

Tuesday, May 03, 2016

Cloudestine Gypsies

Bacchanale au taureau -Pablo Picasso, 1959 

II Clouds are the patron goddesses of idle fellows floating keepers of beauty. .

Aristophanes    Neha
 446 – c. 386 BC The moment that has fled already II 

If I could name clouds, 
then there would be 
as many names
for each cloud, 
as there are 
clouds in the sky; 
( For each moment, there are countless 
clouds between countless 
births and deaths in the sky)

Each cloud's name 
would be: 
what of itself the cloud chooses
to reveal in any given moment, 
meeting with
what my soul's eye
is willing to see in any given moment.
( Each revealing one to another, if only in that beautiful passing moment)

For haven’t you seen the ever changing anatomy of clouds?
There! A cloud blossoming as a rose this moment 
Oh wait! Now it is only half a rose erased 
by a carefully careless hand! 
And there! A dinosaur cloud
chasing a carrot cloud!
Oh wait! Dinosaur cloud has become 
potato cloud now, and carrot cloud a bloating bubble gum! 
(Oh we could play this game forever, you and I!)

Losing our own limiting selves in the infinity of clouds!
We could even become the gypsy cloud readers at the old fair!
( as coffee readers, but clouds are better !)
 - We’d ask the curiosities to descend one by one,
to our open air tent and stare at the clouds, 
and we'd teach them to see their own cloudestiny
in this naming of clouds in any given moment! 

For we all have a cloudestiny- the ability to see what the 
floating clouds of sky and those of ourselves reveal!             

- As above, as within

Monday, May 02, 2016

Bewildered (बेसुध)

Dancing in Amavasi Night by A.Ramachandran 
[bəˈwildər/verb/ past tense: bewildered; past participle: bewildered
baffled, mystified, bemused, perplexed, puzzled, confused, nonplussed, dumbfounded, at sea, at a loss, disorientated, taken aback; //"she looked completely bewildered"]

You left me bewildered,
You left, me bewildered.

!! /विशेषण/ व्यग्  बेसुध  हक्का-बक्का किंकर्तव्यविमूढ़  !!

- Neha