Castles in the air - they are so easy to take refuge in. And so easy to build, too.

आम्हां घरी धन शब्दांचीच रत्नें | शब्दांचीच शस्त्रें यत्न करुं ||
शब्द चि आमुच्या जीवांचे जीवन | शब्दें वांटूं धन जनलोकां ||
तुका म्हणे पाहा शब्द चि हा देव | शब्द चि गौरव पूजा करुं ||
- abhang of Tukaram Wolhoba Ambile of Dehu

There's No Freedom Like That of a Child's Imagination

கடலுக்கு உண்டு கற்பனைக்கு இல்லை கட்டுப்பாடு

Monday, September 14, 2009

Poetry received on my mobile phone

कुछ पाने के लिए कुछ खोना पड़ता है,
सच जताने के लिए आग में सोना पड़ता है,
क्या मोल गीली मिट्टी का
जिसे तप कर बरतन होना पड़ता है|

- ज़रीना

***

The highest reward
for a person's toil is

not what he gets
for it

but

what he becomes by it.

- Max

***

Once I was running
behind and now I'm
running away from
it,
Solitude has crossed
line into loneliness,
Peace is now
haunted with
paranoia.

- HP

***

Ink ripples on
mirthless quietude.
My pen trawls a
bottomless pit.

- Alaka

***

शेख़ साहब से रस्म‍ ओ राह न की
शुक्र है ज़िन्दगी तबाह न की

- (by a renowned Urdu poet, whose name I forget,
sent by Max)

***

Electricity fails,
life's pedal-chain combo
slip in impotent fury.

- Max

***

When always together,
cats and dogs never fight.
Only humans do.

- Max

***

Damp patches of
civility vanish as
sun of mistrust shines.

- Max

***

How fascinating -
one minuscule ripple churns
up a tsunami.

- Max

***

I grope my way through
bumbling souls and somnambulist
bodies, who cares?

- Max

***

Uncertain about
its future, the dewdrop trembles
on a leaf edge.

- Alaka

***

Concrete jungles with
sewers not rivers, glib
talkers not wild beasts.

- Max

***

ख़ुदा के बन्दे तो हैं हज़ारों
बनों में फिरते हैं मारे मारे|
मैं उनका बन्दा बनूँगा जिनको
ख़ुदा के बन्दों से प्यार होगा|
- इस्रारुल हक़ 'मजाज़' लख़नवी

***

Sadness and regret
sit so heavy on the
kitten's tail, that it
can't seem to walk
towards being a cat.

- Teena

***

Only girls reply
with silence. Men and dogs
bark, bite, battle!

- Max

***

The hills devoid of
greenery seem like massive
diseased dogs asleep.

- Max

***
Sitting on the altar,
the entire day, the
elephant God
spinned yards of
hope to wrap the
city. While the petty
rain Gods washed
away the death
dust from
the city.

- Teena

1 Comments:

Blogger Max Babi said...

A nice and snappy collection, RGR.
Thanks a lot for the compilation.
Best,
Max

10:38 PM, September 15, 2009  

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