Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Another year

of slow steps, of
thinking till it thaws
into pain, another
year of finding things
to say, of nights of
the blue moon, an
other year of waiting
for his touch, another
year of stalling the
day it gets too much.

Sunday, December 15, 2013

बाबा रामदेव, ओ बाबा रामदेव

ज़रा परे हट, हवा आन दे
रोज़ सुबह आस्था चैनल पर 
अपना पेट लहराते हो,
अपनी ही हुल में रहकर 
क्या क्या बकते जाते हो,
प्राणायाम से ठीक करोगे 
हमारी 'गन्दी आदत' को?
हमारी आदतों को लेकर 
क्यों अपना दिल जलाते हो? 
रामदेव, ज़रा धैर्य से सोचो, 
थोड़ा बैठ के, थोड़ा लेट के, 
ज़रा अपना ठुल्लु समेट के
और निकालो अपनी दाड़ी से जूं,
हम जो हैं वो हैं, मैं जो हूँ वो हूँ     

Friday, December 13, 2013

Girl, when you

blow your boy,
or boy, when
you go down
on her, or when
both of you use
a toy, and all the
world's a blur,
I know it feels
like heaven, you
too violate 377.

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

उम्मीद का क्या है

11/12/13, दिल्ली

उम्मीद का क्या है, उम्मीद कभी कम नहीं होती
ज़रा से धक्के से लड़ाई ख़तम नहीं होती,
सुना लें सुनाने वाले अपने न्यायालयों में आदेश
जो बात उड़ चली वो फिर से दफन नहीं होती।

Monday, December 9, 2013

I wish

tr. from Mangalesh Dabral's Hindi poem 'Main chahta hoon'

I wish that touch remains,
not the kind which, bruising shoulders
passes like a tyrant,
but one which after a strange journey
is like reaching an edge of the earth.

I wish that taste remains
beyond sweetness or bitterness,
one which does not eat into things
but is instead like an effort 
to save them.

I wish a simple sentence remains,
like, for example, we are human beings,
I wish the truth of this sentence remains -
the slogan I hear on the streets
may it remain, along with what it says.
I wish despair remains 
that again gives birth 
to hope, for us,
may words remain
which, like birds, cannot be caught,
I wish childishness remains in love,
some shame remain in poets.

Friday, December 6, 2013

Round trips to Greater Noida

They sowed the seeds
two weeks back
and now all the brown
is greening.

I left Delhi one hour back
but I am still weaning.