Paeans - and Aches

over the years

Monday, December 13, 2004

Haiku by writer headed for Goa

Squid butter garlic
and kingfish steak afterwards—
honey pancakes for dessert.

Beach, seafood, and beer
And getting paid to go there:
i have good karma.

Published in DNA on the 27th May, 2006. epaper | link

Season has started
Which means more bikini babes.
Travel writing rocks.

Late-rising writer
spots friendly sign at cafe:
Breakfast served all day.

Wednesday, December 08, 2004

dusk haiku

It’s that time of the evening.
Past sunset. Past deadlines.
And you’re not here.

Monday, December 06, 2004

You, who are restless tonight

Your heart beats to marching rhythms,
your breath is a travelling song.
Tamed and maimed are synonyms
to you. I knew this all along.

I’ve travelled far myself, you know,
And I know you must wander too.
So I’ll offer you this as you pack and go:
A future rendezvous.

When you’ve done what you must do alone,
And you’re ready for company,
Perhaps we’ll meet at a lone milestone,
And you’ll travel a while with me?

We can walk some roads together,
Perhaps share a meal, or two,
Shelter each other from bad weather,
Or, just for fun, walk through.

And as the miles and the sights go by,
Maybe, then, you’ll see
Not the jailor from whom you fly,
But the fellow traveller in me.

An Attempted Sonnet for A

Did I say I seek to own you?
That I do not know that chains would be hell?
Did I say I want to tame you?
My nomad soul knows wanderlust too well.
I was set free by your wild heart;
Would I wish you predictability?
I would not love you with wings cut,
So go, if you must. You were always free.

What I would give you is sanctuary,
A safe haven, when you tire.
A place to recoup, when you are weary
So that you can fly higher.
Yes, the door’s shut against the wind’s roar
But the lock, dear heart, is this side of the door.

Wednesday, December 01, 2004

Call me Captain Morpheus

When i was younger
and lived in comic books,
i fantasised about
super strength,
X-ray vision,
wall-climbing abilities,
being able to fly.

Now, i want this super power:
Being able to fall asleep
when i close my eyes.