Woe, Owe and Vow

Umpteen times
Have I been food
And at times prey
To a man’s hunger,
Now who is your father.

Once in a month, three days
My womb wept
Tears of blood
Till the day you sprouted

And I graduated from
A private shame to a
Public honour.

Not as easy as a fruit that can be plucked
Not as easy as an egg to lay and hatch
Not as easy as a seed that can be sown
Growing you from inside me
Whom only an ultrasound can see
Sensing the kick and the swell, finally
Ejecting you out in whole
Fulfilled a mother’s role

You smiled and then  laughed,
turned, then crawled,
And watching you grow,
As you sat and stood,
then walked and ran-
the folds of my stretched skin
As memoirs remain
And shaping your future,
Oblivious to my shape
Beauty resigned to brown blotches
On face, milkless breasts and
Overgrown bottoms…

These days, there is talk
About human rights and night soil
Those days, when you soiled,
I wiped with a smile.

I wept with you, slept when you slept
My dreams grew as you grew.

You learned the rules of life
And now own a wife
Today, you least care me..
For there’s a love you share
For a girl, a newborn bliss
In size, shape,youth and color…

These aren’t words of woe
Asking for acts you owe
I expect nothing from you..
But Only,  a vow,
not to leave her, yearning
For what I yearn.

Yet We Cannot

The Sky appears just above our heads

So nearer to be caught

Yet, no length of hand can grab

The ocean waters, vast and vast

But a thirsty mouth can’t sip some in

The Air is all around us

Yet, you can’t hold it in your palms

Nor seal it in the lung

The mind is one with the body

Still it is out of control

Opportunities abound

Still success is only a chance

And happiness is fleeting.

Longings

I feel her as I feel

A misty breeze

Fresh, inspiring

From her locks, the red rose smiles

Like her overwhelmed lips

In the infinite web of her thought

An adventurer, I was trapped

Once busy life, now empty

Once empty heart, now full

Longs for a smile

Longs for love

No longer

– A poem reopened nearly 25 years after. Written in infatuation.

Dental Formula – Kitchen

Friends,

Trust you have heard about dental formula

The human dental formla is 2 1 2 3

I.e., 2 incisors

1 canine

2 premolars

3 molars

This is for one half jaw.

The totaal for 4 half jaws, (2 upper and 2 lower) is 32.

The image i have posted are the seeds of various creeping vegetables such as that of bitter gourd snake gourd, bottle gourd, flat beans..

The shapes of the seeds reminded me of the shapes of types of teeth

And thought, ‘Why not call it poetically the Dental formula of the Kitchen.

Bye friends.

HINTS FOR IDEAL LIFE

Give a smile

Walk a mile

Be full of humour

Never carry a rumour

Harm not your brethren

Nor an animal, even a hen

Help the needy

Condemn the greedy

Never be late

Sacrifice for the state.

  • Woe, Owe and Vow
    Umpteen timesHave I been foodAnd at times preyTo a man’s hunger,Now who is your father. Once in a month, three daysMy womb weptTears of bloodTill the day you sprouted And I graduated fromA private shame to aPublic honour. Not as easy as a fruit that can be pluckedNot as easy as an egg to layContinue reading “Woe, Owe and Vow”
  • Yet We Cannot
    The Sky appears just above our heads So nearer to be caught Yet, no length of hand can grab The ocean waters, vast and vast But a thirsty mouth can’t sip some in The Air is all around us Yet, you can’t hold it in your palms Nor seal it in the lung The mindContinue reading “Yet We Cannot”
  • Longings
    I feel her as I feel A misty breeze Fresh, inspiring From her locks, the red rose smiles Like her overwhelmed lips In the infinite web of her thought An adventurer, I was trapped Once busy life, now empty Once empty heart, now full Longs for a smile Longs for love No longer – AContinue reading “Longings”
  • Dental Formula – Kitchen
    Friends, Trust you have heard about dental formula The human dental formla is 2 1 2 3 I.e., 2 incisors 1 canine 2 premolars 3 molars This is for one half jaw. The totaal for 4 half jaws, (2 upper and 2 lower) is 32. The image i have posted are the seeds of variousContinue reading “Dental Formula – Kitchen”
  • Book Abuse
    Books without covers Are like trees without flowers So, cover your books and keep them neat Pleasant to read, keep them sweet This is what I earnestly plead Let not a book’s corners bleed.

I am Excited

Hi friends,

Thanks to your awesome encouragement and comments. I just now uploaded my first publication in Amazon Kindle, titled INSIDE OUT :: A householder’s Sojourn.

It is FREE in KINDLE UNLIMITED.

A free edition is available from 13th to 17th November.

Please leave your reviews, ratings and comments and encourage.

It is priced Rs. 73 INR. All royalties from this book will go to NIVRITHI Education Trust to help poor students in education.

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