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Tuesday, January 03, 2006

Measure

He holds my hand,
squeezes it gently;
Ram pyari do
Mangala ek,

(and something else
I couldn't quite catch)
he yells at
a wrinkled old man sitting
in a tiny room behind him.

Magically almost,
orange green pink

sparkling twinkling
music-laden
bangles slide

effortlessly
up my arms and
into my heart.

How did you know my size,
I ask him curiously,
you didn’t even
measure.

When you’ve held hands

with many women,
he replies mockingly,
you know
everything.





Travellete 2 - Bangle Walla, Sarojini Nagar Market, Delhi, November 2005.

18 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

this piece of ur text tempts me to visit Sarojini Nagar and wear lots and lots of colorful bangles...lovely poem.

lots of love
kamini

5:30 PM  
Blogger The ramblings of a shoe fiend said...

Beautiful!

5:41 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

where hv u been and what hv u been upto that u come back with such lovely ones?

i_f

p.s-would hv asked what hv u been smoking but thats not a complimentary phrase right?

12:41 AM  
Blogger kaaju katli said...

i_f - send me a mail and I'll tell you what I've been smoking! :-D

shoefied - I've a post on shoes coming up ;-)

Kamini - *hugs*

10:24 AM  
Blogger david raphael israel said...

mmm superb

"in the darbar a flow of poetry has opened!" exclaimed Ghalib, suitably.
"Lord! keep this door still open!" -- like us -- he added.
;-)
d.i.

5:17 PM  
Blogger the still dancer said...

I like something about the last stanza. Very hard-hitting, though can't quite point my finger to it. Btw, completely unrelated, but dont' want to keep the blog public for the time being, so please don't link to the new URL?

6:22 AM  
Blogger Dan Husain said...

Magical! The rhythm, the flow, the picture it paints. You've come off the age poetess!!! :-)

Cheers

3:53 PM  
Blogger Shyam said...

oh very very very nice, KK...

4:19 PM  
Blogger None said...

beautiful. just so beautiful. the little boy in 1 is better still, if that were ever possible.
your writing reminds me of someone. just cant put my finger on it... hmmmmm

ramya

12:10 AM  
Blogger The ramblings of a shoe fiend said...

i can't wait :D

4:11 PM  
Blogger Rahul said...

Delightful stuff.

6:26 PM  
Blogger Nessa said...

Hiya... I love your poems :-)

2:22 PM  
Blogger Nessa said...

Thanks for the compliment, KK... and thanks for taking time off to stop by my blog :-) Hope to hear more from you..

Cheerio,
Ness

12:27 PM  
Blogger Jugal said...

*Applause* this is awesome - why dont I read this stuff on board?!

8:04 PM  
Blogger balihai said...

tres cool!

1:47 AM  
Blogger kaaju katli said...

Jugal, Arjun - Thanks!

10:24 AM  
Anonymous Vaish said...

I love it ... its just so much from your heart. Its so beautifully captured :)

Vaish

2:40 PM  
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