Scourge of Tongues
Seared Soul and Spirit
Fetid welts buried deep within.... more »
Thistle strewn path
cobbled at the dawn of time
for immortal man to tread, his spoor
mortal man to follow.... more »
Unction from above oozes from below as dark, muddy flows
Blessing the land with fame and riches as heaven knows
Pantheon of economic gods quickly demoted to a black deity... more »
Adorations at dawn stir my supine soul wide-awake
Imploring serial banters of roosters rudely unheralded.
Genuflecting knees and yawning hands offering thanks
Invite the neighbourhood with ...... more »
Moods oscillate in cadences of peaks and valleys
Music to fractious emotions on greasy dance floors
Mistimed cues of flares smouldering relationships... more »
Millions of minutes
swiftly spent at this stop
countless mementos garnered on the stay.... more »
An ensemble overtly assembled with armoured tanks
Blared to a quaking audience with dull marshal notes
Cantatas of steel-voiced, stern-faced friendly soloists.... more »
Unseen hands swat metal birds from our skies
Plunging them to earth as disemboweled flies
Dark earth crimsons from ever-tender wounds
Of serrated hearts and scars of mortal wounds... more »
A graveyard of stoic soldiers:
Charred carcasses of Baobabs
Scarred bodies of wrinkled Palms
Vanquished with flaming swords;... more »
Ninjas armed with flying swords
noble offerings on ignoble wings
temples of blood on towers of strength
nightmare at dawn.... more »
N ewborn pushed out by long dialogues
in anaemic rush to the road to freedom
umbilical tethered to a sovereign staff.... more »
This covey of benighted knights
Enamoured of endless hurrahs
Jousted for fame on gold stallions
Sovereign chest gouged in unison.... more »
A cavalcade of styled Messiahs
A stampede of unfitted Heroes.
Bright candle lights blown out
Scouring the land with blood.... more »
refuse heaps dot the skyline
obstructing nature’s lights.
Rags-to-Riches mountaineers... more »
filing out of night shelters
converge at sheds all over town
to imbibe morning elixirs,... more »
Vassals of the royal courts deign to till the Land
Cultivating cravated and starched-shirt labourers
Begrudged their servitude and affected speeches.... more »
The rot has become pungent for all to now inhale:
The Head and the Neck locked in an egocentric tussle,
The venomous tirades of tyrants poisoning a nation.
The thick, stale dust long buried ...... more »
K washiorkor of integrity turns men into ghouls
E lection breeds a mania for digging blood pools... more »
Z ealot hastened to power on the train of oppression
I llusionist as a comrade binding people with rhetoric... more »
N inety flagship years now unfurled
mapped with the isolations of grief
wrinkled joy of a colourful dream.... more »
Seething cauldrons seethe from fanned embers of tyrants
Hunger and Pain smoke out peasants from their hamlets
Bubbling violence here and there chafing the feet to flight;
Barbed walls of ...... more »
Baying sentinels lick up a tombstone since decayed:
A vain ablution for dim memories of a hooded kind
Streams of flowing eulogies launder the sullied image
Screams of dismay ringing through ...... more »
Multitude of opinions Arraign Nature:
Tenuous testimonies on Oath... more »
Freedom fighting days are decades over
Yet the spectre of oppression looms still:
Quondam hero, the villain now.
The people are clubbed for their choices... more »
The epileptic flashes, billows of raucous metals
Molten power-houses, tendrils of smoke in a glass…
A stale age trapped in a whirling orb of freshness,
Its time slothfully ticking behind the other...... more »
Long before the curtains parted
machinations and assassinations
heralded the much vaunted drama.... more »
Out of sight
from prying dignitaries
this sprawling estate of corrugated
huts and floating bamboo mansions
epitomizes our miniaturized Soul.... more »
The dressage of all these mares and stallions
Never fails to hold the world in rapt attention... more »
A pantheon of moulded images
Figurines of gold with clay feet
Pottered in a frenzy of adulation
Hailed in theatres of absurdities.... more »
Years have rolled by
gathering sweet memories
forging strong bonds of sisterhood.... more »
Ancient customs girded the Harbinger of Death
In loin cloth, hairy barrel chest and a husky voice.
Taboo is deaf to the hip-swinging trump of death,
Scowling and seething at all infringing ...... more »
The one at war with self
Seeks the peace with world;
The heart shrivelled with fear
Puffs out a hot air of bravery;... more »
A dome of dark, gloomy clouds caps this landscape.
But, not for rain.
A cacophony of thunderous applause shakes the land.
But, not for rain.... more »
Infringing thoughts thunder in this cave of lonesomeness
Incarcerating with deafening peals of anguish and sorrow.
Inharmonious rhythms of yesterday’s esteemed dance steps
Invoke now wriggling ...... more »
Judas staked his life for pittance in avarice
Joisted on a beam for derision and dishonor
Juxtaposed with thieves to corrupt his piety
Javelin taunts ribbed him of water and blood... more »
A decade of decadent silence
Voided by errant memories:
A prayer on wheels to muzzle fear,
The demon pounding at life’s chamber.
The dark message received in a flash:
A plea spurned.
Life evaporated condensing life
Joy tugging Sorrow.
Milk cries drew the tears of dry faucets:
Nurses cupping their reservoirs in regret.
Masquerades wearing bright gloomy masks,
In spritely tones, told the way to an unknown land with rites:
Wedlock across unearthly boundaries,
A shower of gifts poured out as indulgence.
Dirges whistled out from uncorked ...
of avowals and disavowals
all too soon forgotten.
is a placid observer
of the endless parades of recycled faces
attired in costumes