Our extended home

We make this our extended home ,this immensely compressed space,a light rolled in endless carpet ,a shadow infinitely multiplied, the poetics of our home space. Dust atoms descend a skylight, in tiny suns creating our space,expanding our eyes of vision everywhere, corners puffing like dream cats that self-destruct behind doors.

Doors are brooms to sweep light off its shadows and shadows fall in an abyss of light from a balcony to come back for ripe apple sun,to live a world by and die by moon.


How was your day?

Don’t ask me. The day continues to be bad. A Bay of Bengal cyclone continues to rage in my under-belly, with the cyclicality of ten hours or so between four hour episodes.

Tomorrow I will have a live camera inserted in my belly , while I will keep my mouth agape. The camera shall bring out any delinquent stuff that is inside.

At the sea there were ants of bathing people. On the night of Shiva, Shiva eats poison for the world’s sake and the world shall take sacred bath and keep vigil all through the night. Just to keep up morale.

Shiva freezes poison in his throat. He turns blue, like the blue sky hanging on the sea I feel in my balcony. Like the Shiva actor roaming the streets for the entertainment of passersby and his livelihood. Like the blues the office-goers sport on their sun-tanned faces on Mondays.

Hollo’s molecule

Anselm Hollo ,left to the mercy of auto-correct , becomes a hello and I cannot say hello to his molecule . Nevertheless I find his molecule in poems.I say Hollo to him.

Hollo, we are now calling,
A molecule from your life

Whose lineaments we are.
We are here, much happy.

Your molecule entered us
As a cabbage in stomach.

We find your lineaments
In poetry, as a molecule

That lives in our stomach
Until we enter a sea of air.

(reading molecules from Anselm Hollo’s poems)


Our change will happen not at the midnight of cakes and candles, with loud claps and crackers but in the doorways, each time we pass them like ghosts, room to room, under flowers, delicately painted on their frames on yellow.

The doorway is not inside nor there in space but just hanging on time, as we hop and skip ,holding our hems from paint sticking to them.The year-end is a doorway that will disappear in the dusty lane and in the dust we can’t recall what ghosts we had been in the room we left behind.

Rust in peace

Like coastal things ,let us corrode in peace on the sea beach, in a 3-B.H.K apartment. The iron we have been eating for our Complete Blood Picture has turned out old, brought from defunct hill, a hill corroded in last year’s mining licences.

Today we see a blood moon corroding on our roof and its rust falls to clouds. In the bloody confusion rain may forget to fall on port city’s parched tongue. All farmers on the countryside are up on the trees,their tongues tasting the tree’s cold air.It seems they are entirely corroded.

All things corrode and even a moon we had seen in childhood coconuts. The moon is made of a fragile iron that rusts of too much rain clouds.

So rust in peace, that is all we can say in requiem.


In  that merry-go-around , you touch the sky for a brief while,trying to reach the stars but your flying feet have touched the hem of the sky and returned empty-handed.

Luminous tube-lights  cris-cross with the geometrical figures of the wheel drowning the silhouettes of men in a hurry.

Everywhere there are people in the wheel of life, now going up,now coming down with a bit of the sky in their pockets.

Their blood swirls in their bodies, as if falling from a mountain’s top,and minds remain in suspended animation in between.