Recompense

Do judge my art, my heart. It was our love that bloomed In verse, We share copyright For better and for worse. And as long as I'm not banned, I'll even hold your hand, As you scythe and rip and rend This offering of my heart, my heart. So be cruel and critical and fierce, [...]

Menopause

The colours are changing. The silver in my hair stealing a march over the blacks, The carpet that's begun to match the drapes. The youthful 'tch’ of irritation My teen makes as I ask him to thread the needle, Explain the mysteries of Instagram, Find my glasses. The eyes that flashed fire. Mriganayani, the lover [...]

Tortuga and Mariposa

Nobody had asked Tortuga When they placed the earth on top of his shell. Will make a man out of you, they said. Wrenching him from his mother's breast. He watched in bewilderment as they balanced Earth's weight on his delicate shell. It will be calloused and hard in no time they assured him. But, [...]

Adoption

Scenario 1: Caller: Madam, I got your number from XYZ and I want to enquire about homeschooling. Me: OK, how many children do you have? How old are they? Caller: I have one daughter and one adopted son. Me: *Found dead with phone in hand, brain splatter pattern indicative of spontaneous combustion* Scenario 2: Extremely [...]

Defining the indefinite

Sitting outside our #HouseInTheHills, the air fragrant with the scent of dope growing wild, listening to this technological wonder called Carvaan that I tote around the house like Linus would his security blanket, we watch Dusk settle her deep mantle around the sleepy village we are fortunate to call home. Almost on cue the fireflies [...]