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

Thursday, September 01, 2016

Weeds - A tapestry poem with Shernaz Wadia

Shernaz's poem


we bloom invisible, undesirable
among your well-laid out ornamentals
you wage war on us wanting our annihilation

rejected root, stem and flower by you
we areat times privileged to be
someone else’s invaluable blossoms;

if replanted tenderly, we flourish in
the warmth of nurturing hearts and homes
our healing powers redeeming their emptiness


My poem


"Clear off” they said, "no space for beggars,
VIP movement is on, move on, move on”
So we moved on, and that wasn’t such a problem

for we’re the flotsam, the jetsam, the unwanted
c/o footpath; we’re the ones with the tangled
hair and the red-eyed looks outside Gucci stores

hoping for a tenner that’ll get us a tin of shoe-polish
that’ll keep the hunger away until you throw away
that stale wadapao. No problem, we’ll clear off.


Tattoos – Tapestry


"Clear off” you said, "no space for beggars,
VIP movement is on, move on, move on”
So rejected root, stem and flower by you
we moved on, and that wasn’t such a problem

You wage war on us wanting our annihilation
for we’re the flotsam, the jetsam, the unwanted
we bloom invisible, undesirable
among your well-laid out ornamentals -
c/o footpath. We’re the ones with the tangled
hair and the red-eyed looks outside Gucci stores

We could be someone else’s invaluable blossoms
worth the warmth of nurturing hearts and homes
if replanted tenderly; but we are at times privileged to hope
for a tenner that’ll get us a tin of shoe-polish
and that stale wadapao you throw away;
those will BE the healing powers we flourish in
that keep the hunger away while redeeming our emptiness.

No problem, we’ll clear off.

(First published at Rate My Literature, 1 September 2016)

What is tapestry poetry?

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