Sunday, April 18, 2010

kites and thunderstorms


we can see familiar faces
through the smile shaped holes in our dreams,
flitting in and out of sleep,
surrounded by whispered voices and moonbeams.

the skies indulge us in our little flights of fancy
like kites against cotton candy clouds;
soaring high above the din of chemical emotions,
singing its own songs bereft of doubt.

stranger faces in the neon glow
tread pavements of a million brilliant hues
as songs leak onto the pavement
from haunts still churning out 12-bar blues.

indifferent stories pass each other by on the streets,
exchange pleasantries or avoid each other,
each being a kaleidoscope of infinite possibilities;
bur rarely does anyone seem to bother.

silent waters lap softly by the feet
of friends together on a chilly winter evening,
watching the city's bridges shine,
while softly of forgotten carnivals they sing.

the city stands quietly by a corner, silently watching
its people colour their canvases.
each dab changes the city and us; yet never do we notice;
we just paint away our days.....


n.b. a lot of things went into these few lines. sankar's chowringhee, old bengali films, satyajit ray, anjan dutta, and some very personal experiences. we may love our city; some of us may even hate it. but it's impossible to remain indifferent to it, isn't it?



this poem is under consideration for Thursday-Poets-Rally-Week-29-sept-23-29. hope you like it :)

13 comments:

Jingle said...

very vivid images,
you have portrayed life's multi layers perfectly.
beautiful job!

Jingle said...

Thanks for the unique contribution...
Happy Sunday!
Visit and comment for participants shall get your work exposed to wider audiences...
have fun!

Anonymous said...

Really interesting poem!

ChildofaGodUnseen said...

I like the imagery.

http://robinelizabeth58.wordpress.com/2010/09/15/youll-always-be-week29poetrally/

reetam said...

@jingle - thanks! this was actually a take on my hometown...

@childofagodunseen - thanks :-) i loved the lyric like feel of your work. HAS it been written as a lyric?

Jingle said...

Thanks for the lovely participation!

dhitzunako said...

Natsukashii..
Reading your poem brings nostalgic feeling.

keep on writing! :)

reetam said...

@dhitz. arigatou gozaimasu yo!
@jingle. my pleasure :)

keshavnarla said...

You are right about the city...I live in Hyderabad.Don't like it ;-)

reetam said...

@keshav. i think every city is nice, in its own way... i've heard a lot of stories about hyderabad...

Jingle said...

http://thursdaypoetsrallypoetry.wordpress.com/2010/10/27/the-celebrate-poet-of-september-award-nomination-announcement/

how are you?
please vote when you have a moment,

you are nominated, automatically, u win 1 vote,
when you vote for other poets, u win another vote for yourself,

thanks for the attention.

fearlessdreams said...

hey there! all i'd like to say is, beautiful work. I adore the way you can create such vivid scenes through your poetry and make it so every part of the mind takes in your words with such feeling!

Check out my blog when you have the time!
http://fearlessdreams.wordpress.com/2010/10/28/yes-im-a-girl/

fearlessdreams said...

hey there! all i'd like to say is, beautiful work. I adore the way you can create such vivid scenes through your poetry and make it so every part of the mind takes in your words with such feeling!

Check out my blog when you have the time!
http://fearlessdreams.wordpress.com/2010/10/28/yes-im-a-girl/

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