Throwback

I once knew a girl full of vices Her silhouette by the window When she blew rings of smoke Or made wild love to her lover Unapologetic and fearless She went to bed naked Soaking in the poetry of wine Such a magical world she created … Continue reading Throwback

Autumn

I strut down the alley on a summer’s day With the wind in my hair I see her sitting by the window An unmistakable sparkle in her stare She notices my glowing skin Nourished by yoga and coconut water She smiles a faint smile Does … Continue reading Autumn

The ache of motherhood

On our recent visit to the Satpura Tiger Reserve, we saw a leopard try to hunt down a baby Sambar. On one hand, I was excited to see something I have only seen on Nat Geo, but on the other, I was heartbroken to see the helpless mother and her dying child. All I did was sit in the jeep and adore the rare sighting coldly. This poem is for them.

“Crouched under a sal tree
His gaze was steady
My baby’s guts were falling out
Poor baby, how could I save thee

Equipped with technology
Was a military green jeep
They waited and waited
For him to take the leap

Splashing our feet in water
We begged him to go away
Waking the jungle with my calls
I stared at him with great dismay

The black and yellow beast
Plunged onto my child
His ear-splitting shrill
Piercing through the wild

My baby writhed in pain
And dodged the big cat
He knew he won’t make it
But I tell you, he’s one brave brat

“We saw the leopard hunt,
It’s our lucky day,
Look, an iPhone video”,
The human will say

I now lick my little one’s wound
Awaiting his death
It’s sad to see my baby
Take it’s last breath

Another kid, another kill
But I’ll protect all of them till I can
For its the mother who stays
When abandoned by the clan.”

To watch the heartbreaking video, click here