Saturday, September 15, 2018

178. Water


Water comes cascading,
It roars, it threatens,
I stand on the bank,
Terrified...dazed.

Water keeps pushing,
I start retreating,
Little do I know,
It is unsparing.

Running is meaningless,
Retreating of no use,
It can quickly reach,
It can quickly devour.

I must stand firm
With weak-looking straw,
Let the roaring water roar,
It will finally give up
And return home.

Sunday, September 02, 2018

177. Do as I wish

I won't let you love,
Nor let you smile,
I won't let you talk,
You must do as I wish.

Else, I'll blacken your face,
Hit you, insult you,
Marry you off as I want,
Smother you before you blossom.

I am watching you forever,
Where is escape from me?
I am sure of my purpose,
I will brook no dissent.

If you wish to survive,
Do as I ask you to do,
I have not given you life,
But death I can freely bestow.

Sunday, August 19, 2018

81. Bannerghatta Biological Park

The Bannerghatta Biological Park is a good weekend getaway from Bangaluru. Hardly around 20 kilometres from the city, it offers a jungle safari and has a well-stocked zoo. It also has a small bee park which, although lacks variety, is a good addition to the package.  







Sunday, August 05, 2018

176. Don't say anything


Today, don't say anything.

Long spell of heat 
Has ended today,
See, up in the sky
Black clouds are floating,
Drops have started falling,
Let them touch
Your cheeks, your heart,
Your entire being.

Save all harsh words,
All hard feelings
For another day,
Opportunity will come.

Today, just be different,
Just be in synch,
The clouds and the rain
Have come knocking,
Welcome them, join them,
Today, don't say anything.

Sunday, July 29, 2018

175. The tree and the cloud


A tired tiny bird
Came flying in,
Sat on the branch
Of a fragile old tree,
Forsaken by its leaves,
Standing all alone.

The tree tried hard
To protect the rare visitor
From the scorching sun,
But was helpless,
Its leaves were long gone.

A waterless cloud,
Watching the struggle from the sky,
Drifted above the tree
To provide shade to the bird.

A lonely old tree 
And a waterless cloud
Joined together
To keep the mighty sun out
For a tiny bird
Who was known
To none of them.

Sunday, July 22, 2018

174. Retirement Home

Son, all is fine here,
But it is not my home.

My room is nice,
Fittings suited to my age,
No hassle of cooking food,
Doctor is on call.

A big park to walk,
Space to meditate,
Regular Yoga sessions,
Outings now and then.

A room for prayers,
A card room for fun,
Even a small theatre,
They do really take care.

All is fine at retirement home,
But son, it is not my home.

Sunday, July 15, 2018

80. Buddha Park of Ravangla

Sikkim has a number of Buddhist attractions, the most famous of them being the Rumtek monastery near capital Gangtok. Not many people are aware that South Sikkim also has a lot to offer. One beautiful destination here is the Buddha Park of Ravangla which has a 130 feet high statue of Buddha. The place is surrounded by green hills and offers a really spectacular view. There are also some hotels adjacent to the Park where one can stay.  








Sunday, July 01, 2018

173. Cost

I have everything -
A good house,
A luxury car,
Gadgets of all types,
A fat bank balance.

I throw parties
On smallest pretext,
I go abroad
On biennial vacations.

My big farmhouse
Is beside the lake,
I have a summer home
In cool climes.

What I lack is
A good night's sleep
And some peace of mind,

Can someone answer,
What is the cost?