VERSE|Jetwing Lighthouse, Galle

The beautiful tropical monsoon skyThat changes colours in the blink of an eye.Inspiring awe in its kaleidoscopic wakeIt shifts and shimmers; now translucent, now opaque.From the deepest depths of a cornflower blueTo the delicate flush of a just ripe peach,It drifts and glimmers in rainbow huesAn iridescent paradise just out of reach.Then there’s the neverContinue reading “VERSE|Jetwing Lighthouse, Galle”

VERSE| IN NATURE’S EMBRACE

The green of the earth And the blue of the sky; The cool, mellow breeze That caressingly passes by.The trilling of the birdsThe humming of the bees;The rustling of the leaves In their verdant canopies.The well-loved paths Fringed with emerald grass;The spring-born butterflies Delicately flitting past.That one beloved companion Who matches steps with mine,Our heartsContinue reading “VERSE| IN NATURE’S EMBRACE”

VERSE| THE WOODEN BENCH

We have all, at some time or another been overwhelmed, overpowered, bested by our grief, anxiety and wretchedness. At those times, some of us have also been lucky enough to have that one place where we have, for a while, found some degree of quietude and peace. This is a tribute to those secret littleContinue reading “VERSE| THE WOODEN BENCH”

VERSE| AN ODE TO LITTLE JOYS

It’s the little joys in life That lift and hug the soul;It’s the little brushes with sublimityThat paint the rosiest strokes It’s the steaming mugs of tea sharedWith a friend, over confidences and laughter;The mugs wrapped in hands as warm as the hearts That are bonding, ministering, healing … and afterMemorializing that perfect little momentContinue reading “VERSE| AN ODE TO LITTLE JOYS”

FEATURE|BY TUK OR BY CROOK

This endearingly sensationalist lot also believes in pithy, public declarations of the meaning and gist of their lives, emblazoned as they are on their carriages. There’s a sweet, almost nostalgic obsession with certain historical personages and quaint adaptations of favored English idioms: Like Che Guevara who always wants the tuk tuk contingent to rebel; Bob Marley who would like them to forget their woes in most likely, a moonshine-steeped, reggae rocked weekend. Then there is the tuk tuk driver throwing out a barefaced challenge that “if you’re bad, he’s your dad”; or the one who’s had it with arrogance saying “fly not high so you fall not low”; or the myriad others who loudly declare that their hearts are up (on their tuk tuk behinds) for the taking, and as many more who have publicly closed themselves to love… certain lady passengers always being an exception!

VERSE|A WALK TO DECEMBER*

December 2020 has trundled in at last – Dawned is far too genial a word to use for what’s been a blast Of a year, of our lifetimes, of living memory too they say So on this blessed December day, I’m wishing it all away! May the Corona perish in the gentle warmth of springContinue reading “VERSE|A WALK TO DECEMBER*”

FEATURE|The Bloodsoaked Rhymes of our Nursery

Humpty Dumpty sat on a wallHumpty Dumpty had a great fallAll the king’s horses and all the king’s menCouldn’t put Humpty together again! A lovely old quatrain, filled with the promise of blood and gore (or at the very least, massive quantities of ill-fated yolk!). Or how about: Rock-a-bye baby, on the tree top.When theContinue reading “FEATURE|The Bloodsoaked Rhymes of our Nursery”

OPINION| A GRACIOUS FAREWELL

I’ve been meaning to put this hitherto confusing, emotionally wounding mass of thoughts to paper/ tablet for a while now. So far, through all the varied attempts over the last 8 years, I’ve always choked on the words in my mind; cocooned in a kind of benumbing Writer’s Block if you will. So here iContinue reading “OPINION| A GRACIOUS FAREWELL”

OPINION|THE BIG BANG OF SMALL KINDNESSES

As the pandemic marches on, this is more true than ever. I have felt impelled to write this piece mostly because we have all now, as a planet, lived through a year of the Covid-19 blight. All 7 billion lives have, in some measure, been affected, afflicted or completely upended. And the sobering truth isContinue reading “OPINION|THE BIG BANG OF SMALL KINDNESSES”

VERSE| CARPE DIEM

I sit here, encircled in my routine,My safety net spread around me like a bright yellow blanket.The sameness, the everydayness keeping it close, gently embracing.I’ve gulped down the first half of my mug of coffeeSo now I’m surrounded also, by a warm cloak of caffeine.I stretch inwardly with the languid requiescence of a just-fed, just-lovedContinue reading “VERSE| CARPE DIEM”