Not a starlit sky,

You a man of wood and soil,

Of virility and domesticity – 

Have rejuvenating supplies of milk and eggs.

You don’t find


In my tavern

Where unresting spirits hover tirelessly.

The ashes 

Of their mortal bodies

Want nourishment –


Spring and bloom,

Smiles and tears,

Milk and eggs.

They follow you till your bed

And hide under your pillow,

Behind your mirror,

In your closet,

In the creases of your cotton shirt 

Till you sweat.

Your body rubbed with mine,
covered with thick fabric spores in it;
I wore the fine cashmere woven by mother-
Your arms rubbed mine
Brushing my nose with your musk masculine fragrance
Your eyes had a determined stare
A stare of will
of hard work,
Labour of the body;
Your thighs apart from each other
A giant bag peeping in between
You pulled it while getting down.
Maybe I will never see you again,
Maybe you mix with the nameless crowd of Chandni chowk,
The Muslim cap of your father
Whose pointed finger made you sit beside me
Will float like a ghost when Chandni chowk will be empty,
With no man floating around;
You would pull your heavy bag
With those muscles stretched,
A feat of strength
O God of desire!
The marks on your fingers
Speak the spilled blood once pouring.
You have poured your fragrance onto me
The saltiness of the Arabian Sea,
the Cardamoms of the Nilgiris,
The Attars from Istanbul’s markets.
You get down at Chandni Chowk.
I continue travelling.

I must attach herewith that this is the first poem by me where Dilli peeps in. Maybe because I’m falling for the city. Slowly but surely.

my forgotten lover

12:10 AM
My phone notifies that it’s your birthday
What was between us has drowned in the Ganges
I forgot you
Three years have passed since those tender overflow of sentiments
I did not learn anything from you
I touch the icon, it snoozes.
I feel a cold breeze tingling my bare feet
Did the breeze travel from Volga to my balcony
Bringing a piece of cold from your heart?
It’s 12:18AM now
I go to sleep
To delve into an oblivion of deep
erasing waters