“through the act of living, the discovery of oneself is made concurrently with the discovery of the world around us. . ."

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Concave conversations

See, I am practicing a secret art

The guiles of which I am going to let you into.

Its like communicating with the dead,

The seemingly non-existent

The apparent void

Laughing, loving,

Crying and screaming

In total silence.


I do not use Tarot cards

Not for me the crystal globe

The stuttering stove

The fluttering candle

Or the elevating table.


My medium - please do not laugh

Or give me that piteous contempt –

You see, I write poems in the internet.

My blog, ghostly pale,

Floats in the ether like a jellyfish

Stinging those who are curious,

With gentle stabs of love.


In silence, stultifying my soul,

Words stumble onto the white screen

Rearrange themselves like soldiers shuffling,

Stiff, in a parade before the march to death.

Immutable, impassive, they stare at me –

They are staring at me –

Soon, they will be gone –


Like untraceable bubbles

Into that ocean of words,

Of thoughts…

Friend, I submit

My words, unread, into the void

Writing for you,

I stare into the blank white screen

Where your reply will never appear…

******** Balachandran, Trivandrum, 09.03.2009


  1. This, of course, was part of the 'cleansing' process, wasn't it? The trick is to go through it with total awareness, without sentiment. You work on sentiment for the sake of poetry, imagining that without it poetry is not. But the third poem in this spurt ('cleansing') gives me confidence. You are on the way. (I read these three in the reverse order).

  2. Glad you caught on... :)
    I 'utilise' emotions and sentiments... Reminds me of Jake & Bill in EH's Fiesta...

  3. im in love wth ur similes and metaphors..they all r bewitching and thought provoking..u see,wen u say ur words stumble into white screen and rearrange thm ike soldiers shuffling,its nevr herd before but beautifully merging into..
    its great.

  4. @Extremity: I am standing back and looking at the process; perhaps one has to be detached from oneself to understand oneself!!


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