Thursday, February 21, 2013


This is just another day. Not a special day. Not a significant day. Just a day, like all other days and this day, just like all other days, will turn dark, darker, and shall keeping doing that, till it reaches its darkest hour and then, lie down, breathe its last and die. 

Days are like people in that sense.
Days are like people, also in the way, that they don't always make sense.
And some days, are like some people that never do.

The comforting factor, even in a setting as hopeless as this, is, that days are like people, in the sense, that they will turn dark, darker, and shall keeping doing that till they reach their darkest hour and then, lie down, breathe their last and die. 

But how does any of this matter? 
It does not.

This is just another day, like all other days.
The only difference, this day; today, grows from nothing else matters and ends up as nothing else matters with a vestigial crudely attached, like a last minute thought; you. You don't matter. 

In your case, you and in my case, me.

A realization so sad, so deplorable, so debilitating that it is almost relieving. 
A sense of freedom, the feel of fresh air in deflated lungs.

The truth. The only truth. The only residue that remains, at the end of this rainbow,  which is time - nothing matters.

And with this unburdening knowledge come opportunities, second chance, a second life.

You can stop being a hamster in the wheel, the mouse in a place of worship, the worm under a bully's foot, the cockroach in the dumps, the red rose in a pathetic ornate flower vase.

You can stop being murderous rage and overbearing patience and undying love, you can stop being a fissure, an ugly mouldy tumour of need, want, desire, love, lust, indifference, jealousy, comfort, misery, decadence, obedience, light, dark, wisdom, ignorance.

You can stop being everything that you are, today, this day.
You can stop being everything that you could not be, till this day, today.
You can start afresh, at the point of origin, from the beginning, from the bite of the apple, from a non-existing god's bosom and a man's rib, a man I pray, never did exist.

You can start from a dot, the one from which all sentences originate. 
The dot that gets extended into a line, and that line into a circle.

You can start from the encouraging, motivating, 
soothing rhetorical question, soothing in a way only a rhetorical question can be 
(for you do not need to give, find, think of an answer)

"does anything matter? 

You can start with that today.
But today, is just another day. 
Not a special day. 
Not a significant day. 
Just a day, like all other days.

 In your case, you and in my case, me.


It does not matter.

Tuesday, February 12, 2013


the blur
of the catacombs 
we stand upon
a blur of all the skeletons

people we knew
people we wanted to know
people we chose to forget

there in the catacombs
lie hundreds and thousands
of them

still captured 
in the very last moment
of how we remember them

some with their hands outstretched
some cradling themselves
some with empty sockets for eyes
staring deep inside 
far deeper 
than anyone has
even with their eyes

they are
in a motion of blur

a blur


the blur
of the clouds
belonging to a sky

the blur 
of their shadows
falling on the desert carpet

the shadow of the clouds
carried forward

by a million grains of sand
carried away
like a funeral procession
held high
the blurred carcass of the clouds

a blur of deception
for those who look up at the sky
and see a beautiful day
a clear sky
and holiday post-card clouds

and a blur of disappointment
for ones
who look down below 
on this
the desert carpet
and realize 
the clouds have already died
that the ones they see in the sky
are just putting up a tired show

you can only look at either one
at one point of time
you can look up
or look down
and the direction you look
decides the fate of the clouds

and yours

fate that stands out
in sharp contrasts
but still 
a blur


i chase blurs
a haze
a smudge
a vague impression

distorted beyond recognition
for most parts

the rest
just enough left

to resemble

something that is enough
to grip me
to entice me
to keep looking
to find
the meaning
the meaning of blur
or where
get blurred

fading away

way of the ink
in water

like the 
blur of a countless 
in us
one caught in our veins
one caught in our head
one caught in our blood
the one caught in our breath
and the last to go
the one caught 
in the memory
of touch

the ones caught in tears
as they roll down 
like a silent avalanche
the ones that cling on 
to the
of the eyes
and hang 
with all they have 

so determined
so strong
but still a blur

a blur

a moment of absolute clarity
the clarity of the ensuing 
moment of blur


Sunday, February 10, 2013


It makes me want to kill myself, this want, this need. I should have stayed away. Especially since I knew I am prone to addiction. I should have stayed away. But I did not. That could be because, apart from being prone to addiction, I am also self-destructive. I run, not walk, on the path that leads to my own destruction. I always fall for the paths that lead me there faster. 

This is my story. 

The one in which I run, and not the one I can run away from.


People like horizontal beams and vertical beams, criss-crossing my path.
Some I jump over, some I stamp, some I tread around, some; I trip over.
A very few, I hang onto.
One, I hang myself upon.
Perhaps that, that would stop the unstoppable twitch in my face, the restlessness that corrodes me, from the inside out, kill the bug in my brain and the ache in the heart of the marrow of my bones.
Perhaps it would make obscure, the stinging throb in my temples, by making me obsolete.

The stinging throb somewhere inside my head that makes me sick, that carves up and fills the pith of my stomach with pit.

It makes me want to throw up, to puke my guts out.

Like a ball of cat’s hair stuck in my throat scarping every tissue that it comes in contact with
making me bleed and when I open my mouth, it feeds the cycle, fuels it further by a sickly mix of my blood
and saliva and the roaring moan of my intestines.

But I digress.

Be the one, that ends this for me. Be the one, that makes me end this. Be the one who redeems me by destroying every breathing cell in my body. Burn them all down. Burn them down till the last one and when you are at the last one, hold it in your palms, and crush it, slowly, taking your time, crush it in a way that it never multiplies. 

Be the bridge, the ladder, the path that helps me traverse.
The path that leads me there faster than any other.

And such deep is the want, the need, the addiction, that even after I am spent, scraped beyond my skin and my flesh and my soul, scraped to the point that my skeleton becomes thin and transparent, I shall say these as my parting words,
"see you on the other side" 

- from the Book of Traverse


Wednesday, February 6, 2013


the arsonist and the environmentalist

the year 
was nineteen
eighty four

i was a child
that year
a child of 
or maybe a year

there was a day
that year
that year 
a long time ago

a kind of day
when the afternoons
seem to go on 
till evenings
and the nights
are spent on porches

that was the day
when i had decided
who i wanted to 
and what i wanted to do

were kept on hold

that was the day
i achieved 
my thoughtful 

an arsonist
and an environmentalist
i had decided
to be

ever since 

i burn 
i burn
and protect
all that is sacred
and all that is loved
sometimes with words
and sometimes 
with smothering acts of kindness
the one next to me
and the one miles away

i tear down things
í build with my own hands
tear them down with my teeth
and then gather the torn
ripped off pieces
and keep them in a jar
of organic formalin
to preserve for later

if there is a later

my backyard
a repository
for your viewing pleasure
ample footprints
of the arsonist 
and the environmentalist
marked all around

around those burnt remains 
of a relationship with those 
who sired me

and under that seared
old heavy metal gate
a potted flowering plant 
once a purple chrysanthemum
now white
one which 
i caringly nurse back
to the colour of its origin
and i do see some
familiar hues coming back
on its face

there is evidence
of both
all around

the places
i left
a little greener
and the places
that i left
after burning them down

the places with
charred walls
and places
blossoming hearts

and every once in a while
both have a quiet casual
the arsonist
a drunk sentimental
and the environmentalist 
who doesn't care

i guess it is fair
i guess it is fair
that the two exist together
with shades 
that overlap
with no clear cut
marked off territories
no boundaries
setting the two apart

i celebrate that day
in the year
eighty four
when i was nine
or maybe a year more
the day
i learnt about the
chaotic coexistence 
of opposites 
in one being
and that it could 
very well have been 
a predestined necessity

i celebrate this 
tearingly soothing day
the day
i achieved dichotomy