The Motivational Speaker

Growing up in a world competitive Not enough slack she ever did give Herself, because her mantra throughout Was that patting herself on the back she could do without So she achieved new targets, never stopped to rest Reaching for a goal higher instead ** As time went by without realizing she Developed what appeared […]

That day, before sunrise

He got out of bed, that day before sunrise Sleep had evaded him, that was not a surprise He felt anxious and excited in equal measure Those very last moments he would always treasure He was leaving home today, his flight was soon due To travel to a foreign land, explore vistas new As the […]

The ghats of Varanasi

Swathed in  deep orange light, just before dawn On the ghats of Varanasi she sat alone Played her sitar in precious solitude While the rest of the world she could still exclude A plaintive melody reflective of her mental state A mournful plea to the injustice of her fate At these hallowed ghats she had […]

The Magic of Folk Tales

“The Dreamer awakes The shadow goes by The tale I have told you, That tale is a lie. But listen to me, Bright maiden, proud youth The tale is a lie; What it tells is the truth.” ― Traditional folktale ending Reading mature novels with complex plots One after another, satisfied I was not Though […]

Red Hot Poker (Kniphofia)

“Kniphofia /nɪpˈhoʊfiə/, also called  red hot poker, is a genus of flowering plants in the family Asphodelaceae, first described as a genus in 1794. It is native to Africa.  All plants produce spikes of upright, brightly colored flowers well above the foliage, in shades of red, orange and yellow, often bicoloured.“- Wikipedia As I strolled through the stretches […]

The Magic of the Holidays

“Blessed is the season which engages the whole world in a conspiracy of love.”Hamilton Wright Mabie Holiday lights twinkled all around Powdery snow was sprinkled all over the ground The stores were lit brightly, music wafted through the doors She waited for the holidays to take their course Knowing that the gaiety pervading the air […]

The Writer

In a world that often did not make sense In a society plagued by pomp and pretense She felt like an outsider, never could blend in Always blurting the blunt truth, she could not win Friends around her, so she became a recluse The more she withdrew, the stronger was her excuse To keep away from […]

The Somnambulist

Night after night she rose from her bed Voices clamoring for attention in her head Propelling her forward, one foot in front of other In a measured cadence, nothing could bother Her as she somnambulated out of the door Her steps always halting once she reached the shore Turning back once touched by the waves of the […]

A tale of strength

All seemed lost, her world desolate Benumbed, she watched, as her fate Twisted in a downward spiral Into the abyss of misery; almost surreal Was the way her life’s foundations were shaken Every shred of normalcy had from her been taken Leaving her stuck in a state of limbo No silver lining in sight, no […]

The prejudiced

They had, on everything an opinion,  A book of standards against which to measure No deviation from rules could they envision This strict adherence was something they did treasure From the way one should look and dress Down to the shade of skin that was acceptable Only the right mannerisms could impress Them, after all they […]

Surviving rape

Broken inside Secrets to hide Struggling to float In the deep moat Of sorrows profound Of demons that hound Pain once inflicted Deeply embedded Etched on her soul Branded like coal Crying for escape A change of landscape A cleansing of soul To render her whole.. ** She is a survivor Her strength can revive […]