Monday, March 2, 2015

CHAIRS

Lifeless chairs strewn across the patio,
on a saturday morning when the sun is shining,
yell silently, tales of the night before.

The many chairs in disarray around the long table
some straight, some skewed, 
some upright and some on the ground,
jeer and boo, cheer and laugh.

The two chairs facing each other 
both shyly distant from the table in between,
speak in murmurs exchanging nervous looks.

Another pair of chairs facing each other
both huggingly near to the table in between,
speak in whispers exchanging longing gazes.

Two chairs resting side by side,
are curled up closely together
engulfed in a peaceful silence,
impervious to the noise around.

At a table of four,
two chairs touching legs, talking verbosely in phrases
face two chairs sitting apart, being frugal with words

A single chair sitting in a corner,
facing away from the crowd,
stares blankly into the dark outside. 

Another single chair on the opposite corner,
but facing towards the crowd,
observes genially, the radiance inside.

Friday, February 6, 2015

A THURSDAY NIGHT MUSING

There is a buzz in the air tonight, the winds are agitated
The trees are heaving sighs like waves crashing on a beach
The surface of the pool is dancing like the membrane of a drum
The wind chimes are playing a dark piano piece
In anticipation of something near, something imminent

At present, there is a whisper
And everything is dead
The trees are statues, wind chimes are still
and there is not a ripple on the water
A peaceful calm has washed over me

Where is it? Has it already left?
Aren't we all waiting for a storm that never comes?
Isn't tonight a lot like life?

Sunday, February 1, 2015

GAM HI SAHI

Inspired by a brilliant song from the movie ROG. 
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tw_MX7jzDgw 
The poem is in the same tune as the song. Hope the verses are half as good as original.

मैने दिल से कहा, ढूंढ लाना ख़ुशी । 
नासमझ लाया गम, तो ये गम ही सही ।। 

कई जगह खोजा जूनून है 
जाने कहा खोया सुकून है 
तृप्ति का खज़ाना न हाथ आये, पलो के सिक्के फिसल जाए 

मैने कल से कहा, तेज़ आना नही । 
कल की याद मे गुज़ारनेदे, थोड़े और पल युही ।। 


तेरे लिए नही हम सही है 
तेरे सिवा हमदम नहीं है 
प्रीत जितना भी बरसाया, दिल को बंजर तेरे पाया 

मैने रब से कहा, दे मुझे प्यार की प्याली । 
शहतान वो दिया रम, तो ये रम ही सही ॥ 


जश्न मे भी दिल ये दफ़न है 
हंसी तो सिर्फ सफ़ेद कफ़न है 
स्तूप को सब ने देखा है, कब्र सिर्फ हमने जाना है 

धुंधली सी थी नज़र, परदे के गिरते ही,
हकीकत जो लाया अश्क़, आँख नम ही सही ॥ 

मैने दिल से कहा, ढूंढ लाना ख़ुशी । 
नासमझ लाया गम, तो ये गम ही सही ।।