A Smile

We smile at strangers Wanting reciprocation, wishing courtesy A smile is easy When the heart skips And the gait fleets And your anchors are In their resting places And sometimes we Are gravity-nurturers Cradling the murk and the gloom When a smile is seemingly An anti-anthesis Feigned in haste, in drudge A meniscus of pretense…

Taxidermy

She had a gold ring And lilies in her bouquet And she took the plunge Down that narrow corridor Leading to affirmation in the solemnity of “I do”s And five hours later Once a hotel room door opened They moved in, and she was skinned, stuffed And displayed before his own two eyes As his…

Flipping Burgers

Poems are burgers to me……. Words were grilled and tossed And lettuce was of the earth-quality And the egg was a sign of renewal The patty was the source Of what was browned, even burned To a deck of filler And the bread was the risen dough Of the alphabet that was baked To hold…

Kitchen Spring

The apron Was on the cooktop And the mittens were On the oven grip The rice cooker stood at The edge of the counter Just like yesteryear I felt the edges of the pantry And gripped the apron Still it was cold and numb As a winter snowman As I looked for a sign of…

Dreams

A clockwork flesh That grows like a sapling Dreaming of dreamy moments Of mastering a kite or balancing a bicycle When the heart is full Of the currency of dreams Blooming without a price-tag In the curvature of lip-petals And above the balance of wheels And well below the poise of paper Lies the beauty…

A Vesak Pandol (Through A Child’s Eyes)

Bulbs in bursts of light From a larger than life edifice Where they fire in sequence Around a solitary figure – Legs crossed and meditating In a hermitage –; and from this perch Incandescence streams as straight lines And reflects on tiny irises As they look up bedazzled At the wonder above And from this…

Six Haiku Poems

Fiery Fire danced In a flaming dress As the wind sang First Time Love fruit Ripened to time To pluck Foliage Red dresses In a clearance sale Autumn Star-crossed Lovers Night and day In circadian cycles Romeo and Juliet Ballet of Destruction One ballerina In an endless pirouette Tornado Poya (Full Moon) The full moon…

Music

  I drew her near Swept her off her feet I took her in my popeye-like arms And laid her on a bed of lilies She looked at me And the first time too had a look about it When the tongue is drenched And the eyes are spring And the lips are swollen to…

Circus

The oldest truth is We all love ‘love’ – the notion The feeling and the jargon The gifts and the tokens After all everything cheesy Is impaled by cupid’s arrow Like the cup that reads “true love” Or the card shaped to a heart Yet some people Rarely curdle, jaundice and flavor To the cheesy…