passage

>> Wednesday, August 26, 2009

I awoke one night
to a quietness and stillness
I had never known before
the pigeons in the balcony
were not stirring,
the night-guard’s cane on ground
did not crackle,
the roaches did not come and go,
and even the ghosts
I had shared the room with
slept in silence.


It was at such a time
I had imagined
I would slip away to freedom,
a time when all the world
had their heads turned
the other way.


I peeked out
contemplating winking stars
in clear part of the sky
they were supposed to
guide me away
how ready I had been,
at ease, legs powerful,
heart desperate to stop
under another moon.


My eyes scurried into
the filth of the cavity,
drew something out,
something on life,
I wasn’t looking for life,
I was after extinction,
I shoved it back.


Death seemed to have
its own life
so much life that
it could come down,
walked over
and placed itself
over my body
fastening itself.


Death in its melancholic
regal cloak, laughing
exactly resembled life
I had witnessed in
great trench of weeping
I had found my death,
not the illusory land of
error and miscalculation,
but the real and true.


I had a zest for
enlightened extermination
No wonder I touched
the glory of my wounds.

8 comments:

Nash August 26, 2009 at 12:44 PM  

My God Aria, you have real talent, lady. Please get published. It is brilliant. One of your masterpiece.

aria August 26, 2009 at 7:54 PM  

Thank you Nash.. thats so sweet of you.. :)

Rakesh Vanamali August 26, 2009 at 11:47 PM  

You take me into a very different world, one that is metaphysical and filled with possibilities, yet grounded with absolute realities!

I wholeheartedly agree with what Nash has to say!

ani_aset August 27, 2009 at 3:35 AM  

i would have liked to say its way too dark and you should not be writing it a lot..but its beautiful too at the same time, and you should be writing more of these :)

aria August 27, 2009 at 5:47 AM  

Rakesh.. some of them keep telling me that but I guess they are too generous and I don't deserve to get published... though it feels good. Thanks for your thoughts..

Anirudhha .. Thank you ;)

d gypsy! August 29, 2009 at 8:53 AM  

i think, this one has a certain depth to it, smthing more than what all ur other creations have...

i liked it in all... and liked reading it again n again...

Perry Strange August 30, 2009 at 10:42 AM  

"enlighted extermination"... "glory of my wounds". and the pushing back of life.

that's good. darn good. makes me think... and it's been a long time since I've seen such a good an accurate rendering of the... Thing... whatever that is... that makes things like this possible.

goatman September 1, 2009 at 2:51 PM  

Death be a sleepy fall into release, is all I ask.

Your words are as usual inspiring.

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