• A Losing Battle

    How can my love hold him when the other
    Flaunts a gaudy lust and is lioness... more »

  • An Introduction

    I don't know politics but I know the names
    Of those in power, and can repeat them like
    Days of week, or names of months, beginning with Nehru.... more »

  • Annette

    At the dresser.
    Pale fingers over mirror-fields
    Reaping... more »

  • Forest Fire

    Of late I have begun to feel a hunger
    To take in with greed, like a forest fire that
    Consumes and with each killing gains a wilder,... more »

  • In Love

    O what does the burning mouth
    Of sun, burning in today's,
    Sky, remind me….oh, yes, his
    Mouth, and….his limbs like pale and... more »

  • Krishna

    Your body is my prison, Krishna,
    I cannot see beyond it.... more »

  • Love

    Until I found you,
    I wrote verse, drew pictures,
    And, went out with friends
    For walks…... more »

  • My Grandmother's House

    There is a house now far away where once
    I received love……. That woman died,
    The house withdrew into silence, snakes moved
    Among books, I was then too young... more »

  • Punishment In Kindergarten

    Today the world is a little more my own.
    No need to remember the pain
    A blue-frocked woman caused, throwing
    Words at me like pots and pans, to drain... more »

  • Relationship

    This love older than I by myriad
    Saddened centuries was once a prayer
    In his bones that made them grow in years of
    Adolescence to this favored height; yes,... more »

  • Summer In Calcutta

    What is this drink but
    The April sun, squeezed
    Like an orange in
    My glass? I sip the... more »

  • The Dance Of The Eunuchs

    It was hot, so hot, before the eunuchs came
    To dance, wide skirts going round and round, cymbals
    Richly clashing, and anklets jingling, jingling
    Jingling... Beneath the fiery gulmohur, with... more »

  • The Freaks

    He talks, turning a sun-stained
    Cheek to me, his mouth, a dark
    Cavern, where stalactites of
    Uneven teeth gleam, his right... more »

  • The Looking Glass

    Getting a man to love you is easy
    Only be honest about your wants as
    Woman. Stand nude before the glass with him... more »

  • The Maggots

    At sunset, on the river ban, Krishna
    Loved her for the last time and left...... more »

  • The Old Playhouse

    You planned to tame a swallow, to hold her
    In the long summer of your love so that she would forget
    Not the raw seasons alone, and the homes left behind, but
    Also her nature, the urge to fly, and the endless... more »

  • The Rain

    We left that old ungainly house
    When my dog died there, after
    The burial, after the rose... more »

  • The Stone Age

    Fond husband, ancient settler in the mind,
    Old fat spider, weaving webs of bewilderment,
    Be kind. You turn me into a bird of stone, a granite
    Dove, you build round me a shabby room,... more »

  • The Suicide

    Bereft of soul
    My body shall be bare.
    Bereft of body
    My soul shall be bare.... more »

  • The Sunshine Cat

    They did this to her, the men who know her, the man
    She loved, who loved her not enough, being selfish
    And a coward, the husband who neither loved nor
    Used her, but was a ruthless watcher, and the band... more »

  • The Testing Of The Sirens

    The night, dark-cloaked like a procuress, brought
    him to me, willing, light as a shadow,
    speaking words of love... more »

  • Winter

    It smelt of new rains and of tender
    Shoots of plants- and its warmth was the warmth
    Of earth groping for roots… even my... more »

  • Words

    All round me are words, and words and words,
    They grow on me like leaves, they never
    Seem to stop their slow growing... more »