Sunday, November 29, 2015

What an old lady on a bus told me

What an old lady on a bus told me


This is my long ride
back to prison.

There's this man
I’ve lived with
for fifteen years.

See this little
Buddha pendant?

This is all I have.

This is my faith.
I keep with me
all the time now.

Because of him.

One day it had gone missing
from my dressing room table;
I went into the kitchen and
found him playing with it;

when I asked for it back,
he stomped on it,
                         spat
on it, flunked it out
the window;

I told him
Buddha never did any harm
to him; I said,
he can curse and swear at me
all he wants but Buddha,

I said, he should leave
Buddha
out of his unhappiness.

He told me to go jump
off the top floor balcony.
I told him

to go jump off
the balcony himself;

I promised him:

I’ll follow.

I am afraid.
I am not
afraid of him.
I am afraid
of what he
does to me.



Original post:: Jul 12 2007

Thursday, April 30, 2015

I wish him well.


***

There's no answer --

just questions and a new
padlock on the gate.

The framed picture of Blessed Mary
and baby Jesus above the door --

gone.

The wooden cross hanging
straight center above the door 

no longer there.

Just two crooked nails
against the bare white-wash;

the potted herb plants
have been taken away,
so are all the shoes
and shoe-shelf by the wall.

Neighbors behind shut-doors 
offered no help; Uncle 
is a quiet man who collected
coins, newspapers, old radios 
and cats.

No one can tell us 
when he packed it all up

      and left.


*** 

edited  6th Jan 2016 

Inspired by a true event.

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Doctors are nothing but bad news

***


He has no patience with sickness

takes two more pills
than the recommended dose

and he doesn't believe in doctors;

doctors are the last resort
when over-the-counter fails.

This cannot be happening to me --

he looks hard at the deep lines
on his hands, the gnarly veins

he stares at them as if alien blood
courses through them: blue-green,

thick and lumpy. He swears he can feel
every corrupt cell in them

tumbling, bouncing off the walls
of the tunnels as they travel.

He imagines the dark faceless shapes
slipping, reaching, pushing through

the walls of every capillary
whispering anarchy, turning

every cell in his body
into a rebel out of control.


***


Sunday, April 19, 2015

The little green dot on the who's-online


***

Facebook pillar-peeping


Him:

only her name matters
to me.

a hundred likes
without her 
means nothing.

hiding my presence
spying on her
status : she's is

         on.

did she see
what i just posted?

i wait

          I score!



Her:

a hundred likes i gave
today.

i'm here.
looking at you.

and you and you and you

    and you
     do you see me?



Him:

i see her, should i let her
see me?

        Here i am.

but she's gone

      
       off.

    


***

updated: 18/05/2015

updated: 10 November 2015

Saturday, April 18, 2015

Following sounds can get you lost.


***

 
Where is the waterfall?

is it up this way --
into the forest of old
silent dipterocarps


beyond 

?the mist;


you try to follow
by ear

confident of discovering
a waterfall you've never seen,

so sure you'd find
a way with the sounds

of river waters rushing
running, 
          leaping edges

crashing down on granite boulders
breaking them;

the broken

ripples settling out in a pool
cool, calm

and green.        

                  But sometimes it's only 
the trees
around you; the leaves playing

with the wind playing
the trees remembering
the last monsoon.

There is no waterfall.

***

Friday, April 17, 2015

Had something, then not.

***


Typing and backspacing,
swallowing conceptions.

: the page remains a void.

Rubbing a dry eye
caused an explosion
of a thousand pixels

: ocular pins & needles.


***

Thursday, April 16, 2015

The daily commute

***

Morning Train


Sharing air,
everyone's breaths
half breaths.

*

There's no escaping
the clash of perfumes:
sour flowers,
sour faces.

*

How many bells does it take
to tell ? everyone
"DOORS Are CLOSing"


*

Packing it in, they made room
for one more
before the train doors sigh shut.

*

Finally on our way
frame by frame,
the gallery moves on.


***

Shared at Poets United's Poetry Pantry.


updated 09 Nov 2015