Jose Maret

Rookie (11 November 1975 / Quilon, Kerala, India)

Questions I Ask Today - Poem by Jose Maret

Was it the dropp of rain hesitating to let go,
Or the lazy clouds preoccupied to change course?
Was it the mercury reluctant to bend low,
Or the grumpy gale downsized to a gentle breeze?
What could have me fumbling through days,
In search of an elusive door among words?
What could get me desperate in ungainly ways,
To excavate queries in ravaged backyards?
Had I steered calm waters expecting a hurricane,
To be presented a coughing extinct volcano?
What can be most poignant this instant,
Which choose half-light to shroud all within?
Could it hold significance in colour decipherable?
That itself is a question, yet unanswered.

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Poet's Notes about The Poem

I remember this has to do with one of the exchanges I had with my brother. A brother with whom I do have a very complex relationship. I call him an coughing extinct volcano - a not kind expression from my side - but does describe the anger I felt within me.

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Poem Submitted: Saturday, November 5, 2005

Poem Edited: Monday, October 15, 2012

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