Saturday, June 15, 2024

So full


So full

That I'm emptied of words


So empty

That joy overflows


So joyous

That tears spill over


So blurry eyed

That I can see clearly


It just is…



Such silence

That music abounds


Such sounds

That stillness is all around


Such stillness

That make me whole


A pause

That touches my soul


You are Me in Me as Me

I am You in You as You

Whole and Holy

In all eternity


Just as it is


- June 15, 2024




Picure: Greg Rosenke on Unsplash

Thursday, June 6, 2024

The dewdrop

Forming mysteriously

Gathering up 

All it's courage

Laden with possibility

It coalesces together



Pure intention 

Simply to

Give back to this Earth

Simply, to

Dissolve into 

The nothingness that

Gave it birth



To surrender

Lose all identity

In natural splendor


Simply disappearing

Ushering in

The blossoming

Of a new Hope

- June 6, 2024 

(from an old draft in archives from 2014 from Woodside, CA)


Picture: Aaron Burden on Unsplash


Wednesday, May 29, 2024



Photo by Annie Spratt on Unsplash
बेलिहाज़ बेचैन बेईमान

बेकरार बेलगाम बेज़ुबान

बेफिक्र बेहद बेहतरीन


बेसब्र बेसमझ बेतरतीब

बेकसूर बेतकल्लुफ़ बेमुनासिब

बेरहम बेजोड़ बेहिसाब


बेवजह बेझिझक बेपरवाह

बेधड़क बेतुके  बेइंतेहा

बेबस बेकाबू बेगुनाह

बेसुध बेखबर बेपनाह


 मोहब्बातों के हसीन मुमकिन पड़ाव...

- Seattle, December, 2017


Tuesday, May 28, 2024

The Memory Lane


Photo by Benjamin Minnick (DJC)

Walking down

This path again

One I've often walked before


Not much seems to have changed

And yet,

Everything has


The cement has loosened up on the sidewalk

Buildings torn down in an entire block

Store closures hitting headlines

The emergence of different skylines

Even the road has new lines

Weather-marked creases

Of tire-tracks

Some cracks

My pace increases

I notice fresh, new

Face paint on the cross-walks

Newly paved in some patches

Yet not everything seems to have changed

I hear the same conversations in snatches


The chaperoning of a toddler on a scooter

The sledgehammers incessant clatter

The maids checking the meter

Ticketing an unsuspecting offender


The cement mixer churns

Like the hands of that master clock

That knows

How time turns







And spread before me

New neighbors

New scaffolding

Incessant new building

Amid new flowers blooming

New leaves unfurling


The Reminder of

The humming-bird amid lavender

I smile big as I wander


Yes, time turns

Revealing new patterns

Revealing a new ‘ME’

Enchanted with Life you see

And yet, not much seems to have changed

Deep within

LET it be

Let IT be

Let it BE

- August 12, 2016

Sunday, May 26, 2024

किश्तों में... | Life in installments

Photo Credit: Despina Galani on Unsplash

इक तरफ है चूल्हे कि आग 

दाल के भगोने से लिपट रही 

दूसरी ओर, बच के रोज़-मर्रा की दौड़-भाग 

से, कुछ लिख पाने की आरज़ू  सुलग रही



किश्तों में कट रही है ज़िन्दगी 


In one corner

The flame embraces a pot of lentils

In another

Burns the desire to escape from this drudgery

A desire for expression simmering gently


Yet Life seems to pass by in installments

कभी हैं काम के बोझ से लाचार 

कभी छोड़ कर सब सोच-विचार 

दूर किसी के पढ़ रहें हैं समाचार 

खाते हुए परांठे और अचार


किश्तों में कट रही है ज़िन्दगी 


At times, weighed down with work

Thought patterns only to shirk

Escaping into news from afar

While eating some parathas with achaar


Installments are a part of this life

इक नज़र प्रकृति के सौंदर्य को निहारते हैं 

दुसरे पल अध्-बनी तस्वीर को सँवारते हैं  

बीच में कभी कपड़े तह कर लेते हैं 

बेतरतीब पड़ी किताबें समेट देते हैं 



किश्तों में कट रही है ज़िन्दगी 


A look outside to appreciate the beauty of nature

A look within to improve the emerging picture

Spend time putting away the laundry

Rearranging books and messy sundries


The installments continue to appear

ढूँढती हैं निगाहें बार बार 

करतीं हैं ये बाहें इंतज़ार 

किसी अपने की ही है इन्हें तलाश 

वक़्त कभी कर लेता है इन्हें यूँ हताश 


The eyes search and search again

The arms await

Yearning for a special someone

As the wheels of time endlessly turn

तो लगता है जैसे 

पल पल किसी ओर घिसट रही है ज़िन्दगी 

साँसों में बंधी, सिमट रही है ज़िन्दगी 

रिश्तों में बँट रही है ज़िन्दगी 

किश्तों में कट रही है ज़िन्दगी 


That it seems like

Life is dragging on, moment by moment

Tied to this breath, in confinement

Being divided amid relationships

Installments feeling like hardships


सीख चुके हैं अब कहनी 

सबसे अपनी बातें बेबाक

जुड़ चुका है खुद से नाता 

प्रेम-भरानेक और पाक 

इस पल ही मगर 

सभी कुछ है एकदम ठीक-ठाक 



The learning remains

To express fully, openly

The connection within established

Love-filled, noble and holy

The realization

Of each moment's pure perfection


किश्तों में चाहे कट रही हो ज़िन्दगी 

बड़ी रास आती है हमें 

यही प्यारी-दुलारी ज़िन्दगी 


- Feb 17, 2022

Despite the installments

Finding delight and enjoyment

In this amazing Life each moment


- May 26, 2024