The Wailing Patriarch

Shall smother his inner voice,
Suffer the silent pain,
Yet not let the world know
How frail he is!

Shall tender unjust apology
Mostly when it isn’t due
To show them all
How happy he is!

Shall oblige lifelong 
Bereft of a love-laden return, 
To retell his inner self
How hapless he is!

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I Dread That All

I dread –
That wrinkled skin,
Those trembling limbs,
Those feet going helter-skelter.

I dread more –
That forgetful brain,
That blurry vision,
Those near-deaf ears.

I dread even more – 
That utter uselessness,
That sickening sympathy,
That dull dependence.

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Decaying Days

There’s pleasure
In decaying,
Day by day!

The worries of living,
Living peacefully
Amidst the strife –
Often inevitable,
Unsettle you.

The fears of failure
To return the favours –
Sought or earned,
Before you decease,
Burden you.

But, the fond dream
Of liberating your soul
From all earthy things,
After last morsel of YOU decays,
Thrills you, and
Leads you to your final rest.

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The Forgotten Rhythm

The rhythm isn’t lost –
Forgotten, maybe.
The music plays still.
The air around has magic still.
The audience waits in trance.

All that I must do –
Close my eyes.
Invoke my Muse.
Cherry-pick words of fine worth.
And begin singing,
Finding the rhythm back,
And savouring the cadence,
Until the last ounce of air around.

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A Weird Wish

O God,
Let me be a tsunami
So I sweep and haul
These erudite vermin away
Far into a deserted hell
Thus shielding the fate
Of my people and country!

O God,
Let me be a bomb
So I blast the bastions
Of hate and hypocrisy
Thus ensuring good health
Of my functioning democracy!

O God,
Let me be a lethal potion
So I can let them sleep forever
Post their last sumptuous dinner
Thus saving the innocent commoner
From their illicit thought chamber!

O God
Let me be an alien virus
So I pick these selfish traitors
And feast on their blood
Thus quarantining the whole society
For once and all,
Thus restoring our inherent unity.

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Mayhem of Your Making

You know very well,
The mayhem that’s come
Is of your own making;
Yet, your audacious self
Ascribes that to Me!
Why’d I even bother to heed?

The rank forces
You’ve unleashed
From Pandora’s box
May even devour you!
But didn’t I warn you
To touch it not?

Those brazen invocations
You offer now as prayers
To beseech Me
Head only Satan-ward.
Why’d I meddle
To solve a riddle
That I didn’t even inspire?

For, when you are lost,
And come begging before me,
With a hung head
And ample remorse,
Would I have this clue –
‘Your instant Karma alone can
Affirm your faith in Me,
And thus efface this mayhem’.

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Betraying A Motherland

The boil under his feet
Is but his self-owned toil,
For who forced on him
His longing for homeland?

His tired sinew and sweaty palm
Essay a scary tale for sure;
But couldn’t he have composed
A sad, silent song
For his motherland,
Even if he had to bargain
A heap of hunger
Or loads of labour?

His motherland
That has stood by him
Always, yes always,
Begged for his help
Once, yes just once,
To fight a menace;
And all that he did –
Tender his swollen feet
Soaked in a shred of hypocrisy!
Alas!

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The Hopefuls

The innocence that you fake
Using your inherited mailce
To cover the blatant lies
Would bust the Right’s patience!

The rot that you spread
Using your bot-like intellect
To derail the course of Truth
Would bury you in that rot!

See, eastward, you mindless moron!
The crimson sky is on
With HOPE riding pillion
Behind the radiant young sun!

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That Flash Spark

The flash spark
That you sent my way –
An eon ago –
Has now left me longing
For more of it!

The brush, the canvas, the paint –
All set!
A head that you must alight on,
A heart that you must pass through,
A hand that you must guide on –
All await your decree!

Defer not, my Muse,
And appear now please,
For, the fame fetched for this verse
Would be yours, all yours!

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Shell on the Shore

O, waves of the mighty ocean!
Roar more,
And more,
So your whisper
Reaches the shore!

And let the flurry of air
That you offer
Wheeze through my core,
So I would render
A melody that’s dear
For all that has ear
And a moment to spare
To immerse and hear!

[Published earlier at Different Truths]