Monday, 29 July 2013

Lives after pages

Beyond 'the ends' and the closing lines, the characters are busy living on. They are making their beds, commuting to work, finding love, losing, reconciling or dealing with loss - coping with the last page. You get to decide, where to stop telling. The story, however, never stops.

Saturday, 27 July 2013

Friday, 19 July 2013

In the chess game,
with destiny,
are not the pieces,
all the same colour?
in air-loved abandon,
the spiders sway,
and acrobats swoop.
No surface to waltz,
none needed.
What earth, where sky,
steps aside to watch.
rounded water monocles.
Drips, drops, scatters.
A shuddering bird's pearls.

Monday, 13 May 2013

Scattered pearls,
rolling die,
wet-tyre tracks.
to different finish lines.

Friday, 10 May 2013

Would you like the rain,
if it asked before pouring?

If it was mindful,
not to dive into clothes,
drooping over the line.
Brutish blotting.
They had just about dried.

If it did not startle,
those shy fragrances,
and make them dash out,
from their earthy retreat.

If it sprayed evenly,
careful not to dig up puddles.
Or make raging seas,
for paper boats.

Would you like it
if it tip-toed past the window pane,
politely, not disturbing.
Not making drippy faces,
urging you out.

Tuesday, 7 May 2013

Silent curl,
of burning paper.

Ember glow,
writing in air,
with crumbling black.

Tuesday, 16 April 2013


I have been to a place twice. Once in bustling daylight and the other, later, in imagination. When sleep sings in slow breath and time smudges night, I go there again. The charred souls of dying lamps, brim over to meet the dark. Their wicks lie limp, swollen with oil and hope - pale glistening yellow, like stained teeth. The winds sweep their burnt slippery scents through the hollow pathways. A few flecks even reach where the stone gods rest amongst fragrant bribes.

Monday, 15 April 2013


I'm fine,
how have you been?
The usual flurry, I said.
We then spoke in courtesies
and pauses.

I cut the call
that she has learnt
to mouth,
unconvincing lies,
in the fidelity of the night
and betrayal of sleep.