Friday, October 29, 2010


How they cling!

Like deep yellow pollen,
Fresh from the flower -
Onto a butterfly's wing.

Like fish on a fisherman's hook,
Like the yellow of an old, old book -
Like a child's finger round its mother's,
Like plastic, and molten girders.

Happy, gay memories,
Sad, hurt memories,
Foolish first crushes,
Deep-red blushes,
And memories of the day my father died!

They make you weep, they make you laugh,
Warm your heart, and freeze your heart!

Yet curious things are memories,
Keep them close, such memories,
'Cause when someone is gone forever -
All that's left... are memories.

Lines Composed in an Examination Hall

Cold Greenland, a winter by the sea,
The scarce vegetation frozen, darkness enveloping me.
Five cold diggers, out on a hunting spree -
All communications broken, huddled, cursing be!

Into the biting cold they'd come
To dig up Atlantis, maybe?
And now they are dying one by one -
Mercy! God Almighty!

Bombastic words and dazzling dreams,
How silly now they seem to me -
All the rest've been cold for long
Dark night's fallen round me.

And all is calm as I wait to be
Dead by the cold, dark sea!

Thursday, September 9, 2010


Life is hell, living worse
Broken dreams, and rhymeless verse.

Agonized screams that no one hears,
High expectations, and ruthless jeers.

Exams, tests and faceless fears
Horrible, scary, deep-set fears.

Pressed and squeezed, duty-bound you see - 
That small skinny lad, yes, that is me.

The edge of a cliff, hands pushing me -
But desperate hope still clinging to me.

Without your love, dead  I shall be.
Walking, talking, but as dead as dead can be.

Please call me back; lie to me:
Look into my eyes, tell me you love me.

Thursday, September 2, 2010

The Death of Lady Hill

Old Lady Hill
Decided to die.
Her phone bills, (she said)
Were very high.

“Phone calls, I,
Very rarely make –
And if ever I do,
A minute do they take.

“Last call I made,
(Was) To my girl at Timbuctoo,
I made the call at one,
And ended sharp at two.”

Ha! What is that you say?
A call from one to two,
That too to Timbuktu!

‘Tis no wonder then
The phone bills that you get
For who would call abroad –
And hang up so very late!

Chided by her neighbours,
And scolded by her son,
Lady Hill decided –
That life on earth was done.

She picked up the kitchen knife,
And prepared to slit her throat,
But at that very moment,
(the phone) Started bleating like a goat!

“First things first”,
Said the lady to herself.
And leaving the kitchen knife,
Went over to the phone’s shelf.

And now my dear reader,
Let me tell you this:
That was very long ago,
And nothing is still amiss!

For Old lady Hill
Is still glued to the phone,
And has been talking constantly,
From morning to afternoon.

The caller is a girl,
And the lady calls her “Poo”
Ah! You are right in guessing,
It's her girl from Timbuctoo!

The knife lies forgotten on the desk,
The sun has set down low.
Oh! For heaven’s sake, madam –
How can you talk so!