Thursday, August 26, 2010

"Stations"

Some women love
to wait
for life for a ring
in the June light for a touch
of the sun to heal them for another
woman's voice to make them whole
to untie their hands
put words in their mouths
form to their passages sound
to their screams for some other sleeper
to remember their future their past.

Some women wait for the right
train in the wrong station
in the alleys of morning
for the noon to holler
the night come down.

Some women wait for love
to rise up
the child of their promise
to gather from earth
what they do not plant
to claim pain for labor
to become
the tip of an arrow to aim
at the heart of now
but it never stays.

Some women wait for visions
that do not return
where they were not welcome
naked
for invitations to places
they always wanted
to visit
to be repeated.

Some women wait for themselves
around the next corner
and call the empty spot peace
but the opposite of living
is only not living
and the stars do not care.

Some women wait for something
to change and nothing
does change
so they change
themselves.
~Audrey Lorde

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

"Sham"



shaam bhi koi jese hai nadi, lehr lehr jese beh rahi hai
koi an-kahi, koi an-suni, baat dheeme dheeme keh rahi hai
kahin na kahin jaagi huwi hai koi aarzu
kahin na kahin khoey huwe se hain main aur tu

ke boom boom boom ta ra ta ra, hain khamosh donon
ke boom boom boom ta ra ta ra, hain madhosh donon
jo gumsum gumsum hai yeh fizaen
jo kehti sunti hain yeh nigaahain
jo gumsum gumsum hai yeh fizaen, hai naa?

suhaani suhaani hai yeh kahaani, jo khaamoshi sunaati hai
jise tu ne chaaha, hoga woh tera, mujhe woh yeh bataati hai
main magan hun, par na jaanun, kab aane wala hai woh pal
haule haule dheere dheere khile ga dil kahin to

ke boom boom boom ta ra ta ra, hain khamosh donon
ke boom boom boom ta ra ta ra, hain madhosh donon
jo gumsum gumsum hai yeh fizaen
jo kehti sunti hain yeh nigaahain
jo gumsum gumsum hai yeh fizaen, hai naa?


yeh kesa same hai, kesa samaan hai, ke shaam hai bigar rahi
yeh sab kuch haseen hai, sab kuch jawaan hai, hai zindagi machal rahi
jagmagaati jhilmilaati palak palak pe khuwaab hai
sun yeh hawaaen gungunaaen jo geet laajawaab hai

ke boom boom boom ta ra ta ra, hain khamosh donon
ke boom boom boom ta ra ta ra, hain madhosh donon
jo gumsum gumsum hai yeh fizaen
jo kehti sunti hain yeh nigaahain
jo gumsum gumsum hai yeh fizaen, hai naa?
~Amit Trivedi, Nikhil D'Souza (for Aisha)

Monday, August 02, 2010

From "The Castle"

“I can’t think of any greater happiness than to be with you all the time, without interruption, endlessly, even though I feel that here in this world there’s no undisturbed place for our love, neither in the village nor anywhere else; and I dream of a grave, deep and narrow, where we could clasp each other in our arms as with clamps, and I would hide my face in you and you would hide your face in me, and nobody would ever see us any more.”
~Franz Kafka