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KERALA 2000

 

 

The land is one green

primeval coconut grove,

devotees' garden.

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Rocks are broken down

into tiny pebbles -

mind's problems solved.

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This sea has a voice

relentlessly calling me

into the night's waves.

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The soil is spiced

perfumed with cloves and nutmeg:

a girl seeking love.

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Ghee pours down his head

rosewater drips on his back:

the monkey god smiles.

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Hear the columns sing

cosmic beats upon red stone

while Shiva dances.

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He cleans her body,

the trunk rising from the stream,

a perfect marriage

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In dank tropic's mist

the forest is a phantasm

filled with unheard sounds.

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Oblique sunlight strikes

wooden slats under carved eaves:

garden of delights

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On the moonlight crests

sea dragons dance in the foam,

push me to their lair

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By the ghostly lake

strange beasts emerge from dark trees,

cries echo round hills.

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Drums collide with stars

the gods play out their story:

scorched beats of earth's heart

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This southernmost point;

three oceans caress huge waves,

destroy and preserve.

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The dark chamber's still,

a universal sound shapes,

have I found you yet?

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On the sunset lake -

pink lilies on the water -

bodies interlace.

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Point of no return

the goddess kisses me hard

no point to return.

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Upon the seashore

a parrot reads your fortune,

your smile stays undimmed.

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Candles in the dark,

the circle is unbroken:

fearful conch shells sound.

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The sunlight is blanched,

midday strikes unseen ashes:

return of the Gods.

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A giant bird wings,

casts shades upon alien hopes,

were we ever there?