WHAT’S “NEW” THIS NEW YEAR

A year that was
came with the same aplomb
 as this new one
 months passed by 
mirth turned to melancholy 
resolutions - weren't that resolute
 they choked to death eventually.
 New Year's eve - a night of wild revelry
 flooded with greetings
 31st December to 1st January
 does change the calendar year
 the same old psychological drama
 what changes I ask.
  At the stroke of the midnight
  nothing magical happens
 what's "NEW" this NEW YEAR
 shall be determined by your attitude
 live a blessed life
 filled with gratitude.

WINTERS

O Winters, thou engulfed the sun
the foggy and misty mornings
snowfall adding to thy glory
painting everything white
nature's call for peace in fading light.
The day's longing for sunlight
an eerie silence about the night
tinge of romanticism in the air
of growing human desire
the unending conversations around the bonfire.
Don't be fooled by the niceties
ask those without a roof
the wrath of cold winds
pleading won't grant mercy
for winters are unforgiving.
From autumn to spring
and everything in between
embrace the weather change with a smile
change - the only constant
of long nights and dark days
winters never cease to amaze.

THE LOVE GIRL

A hopeless romantic with nothing but hope
what else would she rather be?
the perennial quest to find love
has brought her so far
no turning back now
love - the antidote for all her pain
the elixir of life
she's got nothing to lose
and everything to gain.

Stretching her limits everyday
a yoga girl as they say
the ultimate union of body and mind
is what she seeks and find.

Gullible in the matters of love
yearning for her soulmate
the wait never dissuades her
the longing grows exponentially
shower love upon her
and she'll be yours eternally.

RAPE

Yet another Rape incident has shook the entire nation and led to widespread anger and calls for ‘Instant Justice’. The horrific crime where Dr. Priyanka Reddy was brutally raped and charred to death on the outskirts of Hyderabad has brought back the memories of Delhi’s Nirbhaya rape case. When will Enough be Enough and when will this inhumanity end remains to be seen but such cases should not be forgotten and the human life be valued above all instead of just another #Dr.PriyankaReddy.

A heinous crime
unlawful subjugation
abuse of abuses
physical, mental, emotional
spirit trampled
leaving an indelible imprint
of the fear within
the horror haunts for a lifetime

The way she dresses
the way she looks
isn't an invitation to rape her
it's the design of convoluted minds
finding expression
Oh man - look what you've made her go through
if someone had to die
it better be you

Been happening since times immemorial
when will this inhumanity end?
do away with the gag
speak up now
it's a dear life after all
not just another hashtag

DEVOTION

A love so profound
an unwavering belief
trust beyond doubt
devotion - unlike anything found.

Undeterred by life's tribulations
eclipsing all fears
the righteous path to glory
stillness amidst motion
nothing significant achieved
without a sense of devotion.

Being a devotee - the way to be
no putting life on pause
for it's meant to flow
no holding back
just surrender to the cause.

DREAMS

Birthed in the subconscious 
inexplicable at times,
traumatic as well as pleasant
the ever-present.

The weirdest mysteries
to the feel good ones,
uncontrollably sneaking in
some of the future
some from the past
dreams never cease to amaze
while they last.

Portents of good or evil
no decoding the dreams,
what ought to happen
shall happen
that's the way it's always been.

JOYOUS AFFAIR

The vagaries of life
never ceasing to amaze,
sorrow one moment, joy the other
roller coaster delusional haze.

What comes our way
isn't entirely our making,
what we make of it
certainly is,
not to be retrograde
be joyful instead
it' time to upgrade.

Smile and laughter- the elixir of life
perpetually happy the way to be,
just be fully aware
life's meant to be a joyous affair.