I find myself in the Universe As I pursue Poetry in people Zephyr wind whistles whisper sing-song secrets Tides of time tango in delight A damsel's auburn curls spring free under evanescent skies Gossamer threads unraveled by her sun-kissed laughter Frozen caterpillar dreams find fluorescent butterfly wings frigid fantasies ignite into molten lava Families find home Held hands harbor hope couples wade through vociferous tides Flowers bloom in an iridescent ballet Children dance in buoyant smiles A man's indigo eyes hold stories untold Tales of his treasure hunt, lost and found Innocent infant laughter plunges me into childhood the embrace of all my past selves Effervescent wisps of wisdom an elder exudes in grey renders me naive surety about uncertain tomorrows The people I watch, and the voyeur, I merge in the song of velvet horizons differences strewn, similarities celebrated as giving Mother Nature takes us in her arms As I pursue Poetry in people I find me in everyone- and lose myself in the Universe. Copyright © Roshni Ramanan
My tender hands harbor emerald dreams crystal balls pulsate potential a future of my design When my velvet dreams bleed I, persevering, plead: "Hold on tight Let's brave the raucous night Morning come We'll put up another fight." We wander exotic lands unmarked by hoof prints build stoic rudders set sail into pregnant tomorrows I cradle my silver dreams caress of sanguine songs "If my heart resolute, and Spirit be true hurdles, no heed I'll see you through." My golden dreams and I assiduous scale precipitous mountains mighty fecundate fertile life from horizon heights When my molten dreams no longer incubate caterpillar burst into butterfly flame I unleash their lava onto dragon skies Variegated wings spread Iridescence across infinite space Victors wink at me jubilant Beaming rainbow pride Copyright © Roshni Ramanan May your ardent, blazing dreams crystallize into a radiant reality!
Dance me into the sunrise Let's Foxtrot into fantasy weaving our youth around sunbeams of laughter Waltz into wonder, as butterflies garland us with pollen pecks Tango in triumph to tanager tunes cockatiel cheerleading calls Sambo into solace swaying amidst jubilant bougainvillea Mambo in merriment mischievous sea breeze caressing my skirt Rambo in radiance fiery light rays igniting latent desires Jive in jouissance hearts bloom open under expansive umbrella skies Quickstep into quest exultant waves rush delivering answers Salsa away from sunset stealing time stilling cycles of nature You've danced me into the Land of eternal summer Copyright © Roshni Ramanan
Sand clocks, hourglasses still everywhere
Her swirling shadow
My entranced eyelids
Eyebrows, arches to heaven’s gateway
Pyramids bow, her majestic forehead
Lilac blush lifted cheeks
Seraphic smile stopped heartbeats
Purple diamonds perch on her nose-ring
Ears part, Japanese sensus
Celestial lips, crescents curved
to nature’s drumbeats
Folds of enigmatic curls,
hold truths untold
Ablaze with equal parts fire and water
Golden eyes hiding galactic secrets
leaving mine star-studded
Holy bells chime
petals of laughter spill
roses perch on golden anklets
Bangles, spherical symphonies
sparrows, robins take notes
Finger rings glow
New moon nights
Nape of her neck, treasure chest
Pendants, garlanding her
Trinkets bring together every faith
anchored by the sky’s might
Aphrodite’s envy, her full breasts
Waves in her waist
Maps to celestial spaces
Rainbow colours merge as one
Her velvet navel
Interwoven palm lines
Past, future meet at present
Her hands come together
to unite time and space
Slender fingers, ancient beads
Statues await touch
Blessing hands, grant
carefully sealed, concealed desires
Silken, soft tread
Elements, awed voyeurs
Tenuous footprints carry remembrances
Exquisite lands, ethereal skies
bodice, threaded in thunder
Pleats, evaporate erroneous ways
Twirls silence mind’s lightnings
The fairy who unravels
diaphanous threads of mystery
Obliterated my questions-
wisps of memory
now one with
Here she was,
my ethereal answer
Goddess from prayers
Mythical dame from
The woman of my dreams.
Copyright © Roshni Ramanan
Wash the weight off of me,
drench my fears,
drown my inadequacies,
dampen any hatred,
sink every self-doubt,
soak my reservations,
swamp any negative intent,
submerge the bundles of pain,
flush away all falsehood,
rinse stains of my sins away.
Trickle in sweet smiles,
spray me with playfulness,
swim with abandon into my soul,
shower me with content,
bathe me in light,
rain in abundance,
flood hope into my heart,
stream joy into my being,
splash me with a dash of wonder,
immerse me in your fluid dance,
as I plunge into new adventures,
Let’s sail together, an alien cruise.
waves of versatility
springs of satedness
puddles of patient progress
fountains of incisive intellect
creeks of creativity
brooks of buoyancy
ponds of treasured ideas
lakes of loving-kindness
rivers of resplendence
seas and oceans of serendipity.
With a drop of your luck,
a dribble of my hard work,
I’ll paddle through hell,
the way I wade through heaven.
Copyright © Roshni Ramanan
Sun and moon divorced
Stars suffer joint custody
Await an eclipse
I breathe emptily
into a blank paper
by the side of
the flickering fire
Dust recedes in my head
into crystal clear water
Ideas rain in
The night prevails
yet wisdom dawns
The thunder roars
quelling the writer’s block
The lightning frolics
A victory lap on my behalf
The sky is a gleeful witness
to this noisy circus
Gods of the heaven wake
blessings cascade down
The ocean of words
hit me like a
Nib caresses the parchment
Art is born!
This is dedicated to every artist who is conscious of the art all around us, and who diligently adds to it. Your service doesn’t go unnoticed.
is to realise
That everyone you recognize
Has lived a tale
You’ll never fully unveil :
A tale with Fisherman knots and an intricate plot,
A tale that can’t be explained or taught.
This is just as true for you and me
As for the stranger on the street.
We are walking stories, talking experience,
We hide siren alarms and syringes
up our sleeve
and paint our scars with Mascara
In the tales we weave.
Torn. Worn. Forlorn.
Yet we never cease to believe.
So when whispers of envy tickle my ears
I laugh at the fickle truth.
A whisper says: She’s so together
I’ve been broken in ways you can’t imagine
Like a fish carved apart into gill and fin.
A whisper says: She’s brave
Yes I’ve braved the monsters
Not those under the bed, but the ones in my head.
Not those that hide behind curtains,
but those that crawl into hearts.
A whisper says: she’s so free
Free, indeed, from the bonds I’ve been tied to,
From the many ways I’ve been lied to,
When the clock ticks bedtime only when validation strikes,
When thoughtless words metamorphosize into sharpened spikes.
A whisper says: She’s complete
Depleted I was once,
Though now replete.
Maimed much, aimed at,
On the end of a tight death grip
Of an invisible White Walker’s fingertip.
I wiped off the grease,
Picked up piece after piece,
I’d signed no lease with life,
It was my job
to find peace with strife.
So I bundled up the loss and guilt,
Tossed them into my patchwork quilt.
When I embraced the monsters at night
I realised they stopped putting up a fight.
Carefree today came with money,
To land at the hills, I crossed pits many.
Yet, if you take a very close look,
You can read some pages of my book.
See the war’s blood red in the blush of my cheeks,
The turns of fate in my twisted green veins,
Find the whiplashes on the creases of my palm,
And you’ll uncover the story behind this picture of calm.
When I see
A sea of people
Who always seem
complete and replete,
fair and free,
I’m reminded that they’re
stories within stories.
And I whisper to myself
Water I am
In my gushing praise
In the love that pours
In the patter of my hugs
My laughs that rain.
Earth I am
Layers revealed as you dig deep
In the solid support I provide
A base that holds all of you together
As I muddy around and you grow into a tree !
Air I am
In the breeze of thrill I bring
The air of courage I breathe into you
As the wind of my prowess roars
And the puffs of my gentility kiss.
Fire I am
In the rage that rises when you’re wronged
The willpower to make mansions material
In my boiling passion
And in my scent that incenses.
Sky I am
In the expanse my soul traverses
An umbrella over your being
As I watch over protectively
Absolute, omnipresent, manifest.
Water you become
In the joy that bubbles in you
Trickles of togetherness drenching us
In the flush of your excitement
As we rinse our days away.
Earth you become
When you hold me, even when I erode you
As you let me sprout
In the happy sandcastles of our dreams
As we conjoin and sustain life.
Air you become
In the storm we rake together
Then survive through the gale
In the companionship we inhale
As the windmills of days spin away.
Fire you become
As I burn your desires
Add fuel to the flame
As we’re roasted in a continuum
Our hearts set aflame.
Sky you become
In the fears that we set free
As we’re both dawn and dusk, day and night,
An abode encouraging flight,
Invincible in our celestial sphere.
Your music overthrows me –
Potent notes dangling in the grateful air,
I inhale your melody
That dances around despite its melancholy,
The same breath unites us
In one wavelength,
The beats you kick away
engulf me in a rhythm;
I see your unassailable call
To the valley of elation
I jump on, eager,
The taste of the song lingers still
I savour the sounds.