Poetry

The wait: Poem

I wait at a bus stop
in summer clothes
My watch has stopped

Looking into the passengers
takes me back to an
adolescent time
blank-slated identities

I wonder if
their purses hold answers
to questions of the future

Intention is ridiculed
I need to buy a ticket
to know where I’m going

Copyright © Roshni Ramanan

Explanation: The poet is in a state of inertia, which she likens to an adolescent state of uncertainty. Time has come to a standstill in the frozen present but comes alive in the past. She is curious as to whether her fellow passengers have successfully resolved their identity crises. Her summer clothes beam of hidden hope for the future. She intends for Action to precede Intention, which is self contradicting. Her destination will be dictated by the ticket she buys, for which she will have to break free from her inertia.

 

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Search: Poem

I dream every night

a recurring theme of search

I run wildly across graveyards

call out constantly for no one

sit waiting by the tracks

long after trains have gone

chase after silhouettes

always within arm’s reach

never within arm’s grasp

ransack rooms

tumble clink pop

finding everything

finding nothing

a passenger on

parapets and planks

carried to every destination

but the one

awaiting my arrival

I know not

why where when what

remain questions many

answers many more

As I know not

my purpose post -pursuit

I want the search to go on

Copyright © Roshni Ramanan

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Woman: Poem

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Woman.

Who are you?

Branded an egoist

when you brandish your wings

Dismissed a weakling

when you blunt your feeling

While your quiet is grace

laughter, a serene place

Your passion power

fury could melt a tower.

Woman,

why are you reduced to

lipsticks and high heels

then called a hoe?

Woman,

the word a blessed curse

but I swear not to reduce you

to attire and purse.

Woman, I took from you –

strength at your teat

hope in your arms

rapture in your eyes

surrender at your feet.

Woman,

Creator, Destructor

Break free

Oh, Goddess under man’s mercy

Copyright © Roshni Ramanan

 

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Tangled: Poem

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I’m intrigued by webs

broken strings, a tangled mess

Rope me in to resolve

unveil or just understand

I’m cynical of dreams

about simple linear threads

Foggy figments of imagination

habitants of dull landscapes

Concentric circles

are tiresome but true

complex, self-aware, curious,

elaborate yet exciting

Cloak me in a cluttered quagmire

rather than

soak me in singular strands

Copyright © Roshni Ramanan

 

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Statue: Poem

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What tragedy befell

for your blood and veins

to turn into stone

What caught your eye

for you’ve weathered

storms and battles

to gaze unwaveringly

Did you see history unfold

long before it was written?

Did you absorb the everyday

that compounds into calamities?

Sun, rain and snow

move you no more

Perhaps, you predict nature

forsee what’s in store

How many centuries are filed

in the folder of your mind?

Have you looked through

the facades of mankind?

Your seeing eye holds secrets

unheard of, unasked for-

all but the one you seek

Will you ever wake up

to set the story straight

on humanity?

Copyright © Roshni Ramanan

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Dance: Poem

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My body springs free

of knots

Steps shift into

smooth sequence

Hands turn skyward

a weight lifted off them

Legs defy gravity

Music not missed

for the heels

make lofty rhythms

I spin endlessly

weaving sweetness

within my silver soul

Doer – deed

the binary merges

Choreography dispels

I taste limitless liberty

Movements carry me along

I surrender –

Ride of a lifetime

Copyright © Roshni Ramanan

 

 

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Painting: Poem

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An art brush drips inside of me

Throbbing, kicking wildly

Lettering a tragicomedy-

Brazen strokes vibrant of

ecstasy, sorrow and madness

bleeding in –

Red Green Blue

throw themselves

against the receptive canvas

I live loudly

My single redeeming attribute

I hold nothing back-

When you ask to witness

the spells of a fiery sketch

Don’t be bewildered

if I confess –

All my paintings

breathe

inside of me

Copyright © Roshni Ramanan

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