I finally publish

Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Glass drops of rain

A gypsy drop of rain falls on the eyelashes. Caught between parted strands of unreasonably short hair, they linger a moment. The lashes struggle with the unexpected weight. They cant hold longer onto what will be lost. I close my eyes.


The misty sprays fall on the face. Very like the first wash of the morning. When the white worn cotton towel doesn't rub off all the water. A little moist they stay only to be drunk by the later sun.


I see 3 pairs of slippers mom has scrubbed clean. She'd left them in the sun to dry. The sudden rain had caught them unawares. I refuse to take them inside. They can dry again in a sun that will always come again.


I write on a paper that gets wetter every minute. My sister gets me a steaming mug of tea. I let it rest by my side. I see the pale brown tea jump out each time a drop of rain falls in it. A runaway hold-cold drop touches my arm. An unfaithful drop of rain washes it away and it trickles down my hand like a vanishing memory. I drink it all up later, with more water than what my sister added.


I watch a single raindrop. The perfect place to build a castle. I walk away before the drop falls and the castle...

Thursday, March 20, 2008

Full circle

I like the concept of skipping ropes. No matter how high you jump, you always have to come back to earth with a thud.


Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Sooner than soon. Or later than...

In a small town beauty is overrated.

Here’s what happened the other night. I meet her after a long time. Years. But she always was there. In a book I read for 5 minutes at landmark. In a poem I heard the neighbor's kid recite. In blue school uniforms that pedaled on thin tires in the morning sun.

I wonder what to wear. It’s after all a date.

We never hug. Or it’s always awkward. The hands are either too soon, late or never. So we grin.

We decide to walk down to the restaurant.

It’s a new place, as shiny as a freshly minted coin.

Sitting opposite each other, we check the other out, after pushing the too cheerful vase of flowers aside.

She leans forward and winds her finger on a messy coil of hair. They haven't straightened out in all these years, I hear her unsaid words.

We are ageing gracefully, we both agree.

There's a melancholy jazz player playing. I play with a lone aster.

Shall I wear it on my hair? I ask her

I'll pretend we aren't vaguely related, she assures me.

So I wear it with careful carelessness. That’s my style statement this beginning of summer.

You look beautiful, she tells me.

It was way back in school. She made a dashing Romeo. And I made a vulnerable Juliet. Her boyish charm and confusion added to the endearing nature of the Romeo in our schoolgirl hearts. The ridiculousness of the situation and me as Juliet added to my complete misery.

So I stood there feeling completely idiotic behind a flimsy curtain, on a stool stolen from the school convent. And looked dolefully down at Romeo.

You look beautiful, Romeo said in unwritten Shakespeare words.

Only both of us knew it wasn't at Juliet that they were directed at. It wasn't even Romeo talking.

We both remember it simultaneously.

You look beautiful, she tells me again.

And so I become. For her. And me.

The streets are quite empty when we walk back. She takes my hand while crossing the roads. Our minds are filled with the conversation of the last few hours and so no words on our lips.

We reach the gate of my house. Mom's left a light on.

Warm lips fall on smooth skin. There's a friendly smell of gin on her. And a smell of long absorbed perfume, a little stale and a little salty.

I don’t tell her that she's carrying faint trace of lipstick on her cheeks.

Goodbye. I'll see you in a week. Or some months. Many years mostly.