Poetic Leanings

‘If you have built castles in the air, your work need not be lost; that is where they should be. Now put the foundations under them.’ Thoreau

Me and you,
We fastened onto hope
Building airy castles
With giddy height.
No concrete foundation
Just me and you
on dreamy flights.

Between us
Separate lives of

Poetic Leanings

Working towards entitlement

The moon,

cold and comfortless,

shines to its fill.

Light slips through

windows clad in wooden slats.

The night

hushes the stars,


when a car alarm pierces


Here and there,

through muffled sobs,

A closet door,

opens, closes,

hinges squealing at the effort-

too much to contain.

The night of the full moon.

The month of satiation


the month of restraint.

All the books,



Not a sound.

Only the clamour of the mind’s jaunt,



After the shade of the Lord’s smile.


Poetic Leanings

Some more poetry

In your own words

I may well be

decrepit of the trappings of triumph
unsightly to eyes trained in the fountain
frail from the humdrum of an epoch
stripped bare of precious memory
But these words,
your own,
endure to ensure
mine was not an unrequited love

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The light of a whole life

“The night has a thousand eyes,
And the day but one;
Yet the light of
the bright world dies
With the dying sun.
The mind has a thousand
And the heart but one;
Yet the light of a whole life
When love is done. ”

Francis William Bourdillon

The light of a whole life lays on a row of bounded paper, paper bound to preserve the written word for posterity.

Ye rows upon rows of bounded word
did all call me
blithely, first
entreating, last.
Supposing me to be of you
me, who wished
and wanted
and wistfully did pray
for that whole life too.

Yonder, another did call
my prose,
too cumbersome,
my poetry,
demanding, instead,
that I fail to reach.
So, I tumbled,
landing, beneath a thumb.

In that shade,
of the whole life I did not cease to think.
And, cloaked,
the words did flow.
Hope and joy,
unhindered, coursing through each one.

But in an unforgiving minute,
an unguarded instant,
the pen is treacherously snatched away,
a darkening aspersion is cast upon all writ
and where the unwearied ways of words did flow,
do tears now fall unbid.

Shaken and harried the pages are emptied,
A lexis of love now never to be read,
Never to be heard,
Never to be affirmed.
yet, etching itself deep within me,
while all look upon
empty pages
and wonder.