Elvis

I don’t have blue suede shoes Or epileptic knees Nor do I have side burns Profusely running down my cheeks I am no heartthrob or America’s favorite son With bell-bottom pants and skyscraper hair I’m just plain old Elvis – a lad from the south Who at the brink of his summer Found just enough…

Life Begins At 40

30s went with no bank accounts With scraps of employment feeding the intellectual No woman till 38 – that too after he ventured to cyberspace And found a lush sanctuary at the end of his summer After all even fate was earned by will power And now the 40th milepost is just 8 months away…

The Sri Lankan Flag

She stood sailing, a lion Amidst the many fellow felines, spotted creatures House cats that live inside homes And leopards that hide beneath bushes Surrounded by lush jungles She saw carnages – cinnabar eyes And scarlet-red canvases of skin Volcanoes rising beneath irises And leaking rivulets of life-ink She was sometimes draped Around ebony boxes…

Merger

Richard Branson – Dick in real life Brought his company ‘Virgin’ – Bearded, a little barmy and supremely nice – To the United States of America Where he met Jeff Bezos’s megastore Amazon, a buxom female archer Who too was a virgin and liked to go topless Was D-cupped and 40 mouth-watering inches Around the…

Richard

He wasn’t Richard the Lion Heart Who courageously battled the crusades And came scot-free – unwounded He was just a fragile cherry to be plucked Nor was he like Richard Dawkins A God-hater who hides beneath Darwin’s beard and the convenience of science – No fear of God kept him behind closed zippers Only the…

The F Word

He called me the three letter “F word” I asked him “Did you mean a cigarette” – The type that you hold between the lips And nonchalantly inhale –; Deep down I knew he didn’t I replied too, this time though, with a four letter “F word” And he reciprocated by asking me to F***-Off…

Martin Luther King (Commemorating MLK Day)

The mind is Martin Perennial dreamer on meadows of thoughts And galaxies of the third eye Fighting like a warrior – sparking impulses Crossing synapses, potentiating courage All in the name of love and equality After all a dreamer only possesses infinite wings And melanin is no longer skin graffiti But transcendent art The soul…

Intelligence

It’s a number in a scale A quotient without units or dimensions A reward for answering a few questions On a piece of paper A venerated test that few people take After all if your number is on the lower half You feel like a bottom-dweller A scavenger fish, a debris feeder Still people queue…

Alter Boy

He hid behind The façade of squeaky cleanness An alter-boy growing up Who perennially wondered what wine tasted like He thought he wanted to become a priest Make landslides in the heart with well-rehearsed words Then he grew up and realized He was neither kind enough nor cared enough to be one And celibacy or…