Paeans - and Aches

over the years

Sunday, October 30, 2005

Diya

To you who wandered by this night
Of happiness and warmth and light,
Here’s a wish for you, a hearty
Diwali wish from Caferati:

More chances taken, with a smile;
More craft, and skill, and strength, and style;
More words read, by more words smitten;
More words found, more words written;


More stories applauded by all those who
Make a difference to the inner you;
More verses that scan, and illuminate
Our lives, our loves and the mortal state;

And forever after, may your diya
Light up the same scene, only happier.

Originally posted on Caferati, last year. The wish still holds.

Doggerel for Caferati

You can sing the blues,
You can pay your dues,
You can try, and still lose,
There's no money back.

Yeah.

You can’t expect it,
You can’t demand it,
You can deserve it,
And still not get it.

You can be bold, shy,
You can despair, cry,
You can ask God why.
But you can’t do jack.

Sad.

You can’t expect it,
You can’t demand it,
You can deserve it,
And still not get it.

You can do it all right,
You can fight the good fight,
You can spend lonely nights
Put your head on the tracks.

But.

You can’t expect it,
You can’t demand it,
You can deserve it,
And still not get it.

Gotta tell you this, baby:
You gotta do it for free,
There are no guarantees
For love and feedback.

No.

You can’t expect it,
You can’t demand it,
You can deserve it,
And still not get it.

Wednesday, October 19, 2005

Lonar

Lonar 1

Acne scar.
Beauty spot.
Star-rock
in your heart.

***

Lonar 2

Stone temple ruins testify
to mortal love for God.
White paint proclaims
Sanjay’s more recent crush on Reena.