Thursday, June 18, 2020

A Punctuation Mark

A Punctuation Mark

Huffing and puffing
Playing catch-up
A hamster on the inexorable wheel
Of Life whizzing by

The fear
Of stopping
Like lead in the mouth
Picture Courtesy: Horia Varlan
Is it the taste of Death?

And then
A Punctuation Mark
Appears out of nowhere

A look into my own eyes
A moment of pause - a new vision
A tug of the heart-strings
The hint of recognition

The blank canvas
The empty page
Of this very moment
At every stage

Writing furiously
Letting the colors collide
Giving in to curiosity
Allowing myself to effortlessly glide

Into Stillness

Through the breath
Through the sound
Through every thing
That's all around

Running again,
Out of misery's reach
Reaching into the
Inner stillness though
With much to teach

Running into
My Self anew
Each moment becoming
Brand new
- 15 May 2020

Sunday, June 14, 2020

पहेली:The Puzzle

Picture Courtesy: Artwork by Ankur Gupta

The Puzzle
हो सकता है
कोई कविता हो
It is possible
Is some sort of a poem
पर ज़िन्दगी?
पहेली सी नज़र आती है आज
But Life?
Appears completely like a puzzle today
इतराती हुई
चिढ़ाती है कभी
इठलाती हुई
सर चढ़ा लेती है कभी
It prances and dances
It teases then eases
It can be flippant
And then indulgent
Vibrant yet trenchant
जाने कैसे कैसे खेल
खेल जाती है रोज़
कभी खुशबूऐं बिखेरती
पंखुड़ियों पे जैसे ओस
फिर अचानक
चीर-काट के रख देती है
सहम जातें है हम मन मसोस
The games it plays
The fragrance it sprays
A gentle dew-drop on a petal as raiment
And in the very next moment

It rips it all apart
Fear tearing the heart
दर्द देती है ऐसा भीषण
असंभव कोई भी निरिक्षण
भूल जाओ सभी उत्तर-प्रश्न
दिशाहीन हो तुम
कहाँ है उत्तर-दक्षिण?
The pain it inflicts in abjection
Makes impossible inspection or introspection
Forget about an answer to any question
Bereft of any direction
इसके सवाल ख़त्म नहीं होते
थक चुके हम
ये आँखें भी रोते रोते
The interrogation
Doesn't seem to end
No end to exhaustion
The tears seem to upend
क्या आँसूओं में
कोई जादू होता है मगर?
भीग जाने दूँ अपने
को इनमे अगर?
But is there some magic perchance
In these very tears?
If I examine them askance
Yet allow myself to soak in them when they appear?
मन के जाले साफ कर जाया करते हैं
आँसुओं को जब अनुमति मिले तो
आईने में प्रतिबिम्ब स्पष्ट नज़र आते हैं
They do clear away the cobwebs of this mind
When I give tears the permission
They’re the mirrors
That clarify the impression
ज़िन्दगी की इस पहेली के
कुछ पहलू एकत्र होते दिखाई देते हैं
इसके सवाल-जवाब के परे
दिशा-निराशा से बिन घिरे
समता की सम्भावना नज़र आती है
Of this puzzle called Life
Some aspects seem to gather

That beyond the questions and reaction
Beyond direction distraction and disorientation
Lies the possibility of equanimity
भावनाओं की पूर्णतः अनुभूतियों में भी
सारी सृष्टि नज़र आ सकती है
That complete surrender to these very emotions
Might reveal the secret of creation
June 10, 2014
June 12, 2020