A SUMMER HAIKU

This haiku has now been published in the Journal ‘When Women Waken’.

http://www.booksbywomen.org/whenwomenwaken/a-summer-haiku-by-anjali-deshpande/

 

Sparkling water

Speaking silence –

reflecting.

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November 23, 2014 · 9:17 pm

WINTER’S NEST

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Drizzling eyes

heavy skies

      sighing shadows

      lengthening nights

      Unspoken words

      spoken silences

     empty spaces

     empty nests

birds in flight

distantly destined.

 

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November 17, 2014 · 1:22 pm

BUBBLES OF EXISTENCE

Bubbles 2

To each his bubble
to each his colour
to view through a happy rose
or a suspicious grimy grey
Some do burst bubbles
with sly and shameless glee
Others blow them up
with joyous abandon
Some exist but for a moment
others scatter hither-tither
as whimsy dictates, this way and that
Yet others glide effortlessly
neither do resist nor exert,
their importance upon others
their iridescent luminescence
content to just Be
In the here and now

and Forever…

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November 2, 2014 · 8:42 pm

AN UNTOLD STORY

For a moment our eyes met
and a million questions arose
behind a veil, a story peeked
and waited to be told.
So many faces, so many stories
so many worlds colliding with
each other for moments to unfold.

Every moment that collided,
intersected and intertwined
drew a venn diagram of life
an intersection of separate lives
lived intensely and infinitely
as one, only to have to go on
living in separate worlds.

And our story
had no beginning and so no end
just for a moment had our eyes met
and so for now, my story and yours
will have to wait
to unfold.

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SERENITY (A Gogyohka)

A cloudy frothy wake of Saffron streams
as you majestically descend
My heart swells as your beauty transcends
all petty complaints and smallness
and Love fills all emptyness

Gogyohka is a 5-line Japanese poem. I was inspired to write it after learning about it on Staci’s wonderful blog. Check it out at http://stacilys.wordpress.com/2014/10/12/music-of-my-heart-gogyohka/

SERENITY

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October 12, 2014 · 10:12 pm

CHASING AFTER SMILES

There’s a smile playing hide-n-seek

I just need to find it…

Sometimes it disguises itself

as a little unexpected raindrop

that falls with a very big splosh!

Sometimes I chase after it

riding on big red buses

and just about manage to catch it

on the corners of little gift shops

and in the sweet stolen kisses on lovers’ lips…

Sometimes it stays in hiding

no matter how I hard I try to find it

But I know I could find it in a friend’s

warm hug on a rainy Sunday or

spot it  streaming out

of a steaming cup of tea

on a cold winter’s day…

And sometimes when the day ends

and twilight descends

and the moon begins to play

hide-n-seek with silvery stars

it slips through the chinks

when I am not even looking for it

and winks out of a funny bed-time poem

and settles on my lips

catching me unawares…

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THE LOST

(My work brings me in contact with people who have suffered devastating tragedies in some way in their life. This poem is ‘inspired’ – am not sure that’s an appropriate word – by one such tragedy.)

 

He stood shivering

wet skin and dry eyes;

He jingled

jangled tunes

breaking through

torn pocket

wounds.

 

He lived rough

and pretended to be

oh so tough;

Meagre possessions

in a broken cart

a blanket, cigarettes

and a burnt out heart.

 

Where will he

sleep tonight?

Underneath the

plastic sheet

behind the

garbage bin

fiddlin’ with

her frayed picture

he’d gambled

with life

 

And

didn’t win.

 

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PEACE

Words fail

mere sounds

melting into nothingness…

Words tire

meaningless and trite

grating noise

on heart’s primordial silence…

The dive

into soul’s soothing cradle

of incandescent light

within and without

I so crave…

The monkey mind

jumps without meaning

Stop. Be still. Dissolve.

Into Peace

streaming consciousness

of Truth, Beauty

and Love…

 

 

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AUTUMN HAIKUS

Hello everyone!

Neha at her wonderful blog ‘Forgotten Meadows’ has an autumn collaboration for poetry based on the prompt ‘Fall’. Do check out her collaboration and her blog at this link:

http://forgottenmeadows.wordpress.com/2014/09/05/autumn-calling-collaboration-bring-in-your-colours-with-fall/comment-page-1/#comment-6266

A leaf twirls

Scrunched up and dry –

Forgotten.

*

Rust flames

A touch of frost –

Memories.

*

Barren trees

bittersweet longings –

Endings.

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CHOICES

Often I wonder

about the road not taken

Often I wonder

about the wanderer

Does it matter in the end

that the destination was different?

The choices made

revealed failings only too well

warts and all, a mirror held to my face

Life – what is it that you seek to teach

where is it that you want me to reach?

Don’t I know only too well

that I have to try

though I might fail

an imperfect soul impaled –

by even more imperfect

Choices.

 

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