I

A kite
wanders in the cerulean sky:
its string cut by karma’s wheel spokes
shadowed by the indifferent nebulas
and shunned by the shining stars.

In the cavernous darkness of the hallowed womb
broken destinies
evoke hollow laughter
that rings at the margins
without resonances.

Perhaps when time rewrites its script
a wild-eyed child
oblivious to the sting of life’s maanja[1]

will chase the kite’s forlorn flight
surfing in the windy void
and grasp the twine
nesting inside the deep blushes of the new-born dawn.

 

II

On the sandy shore,
the umbilical cord
of ashwatta[2] tree
is splintered by the Saraswati[3] waters,
as they flow upwards to the moon
and the tree roots
embedded in the river’s exile,
hang upside down from the moon craters.

When the earthly exodus begins ,
cuckoos sip the sap of inverted rhizomes
to chirp songs–
enigmatic like the Mahakaal’s[4]unfolding puzzle.

As remembrance arises from remembrance
so forgetfulness comes from forgetfulness
till recollection and oblivion follow each other
in tentative recursiveness.

And the evolving loops and ligatures
of the amnesic memories are
stitched by the
eternal exiles
with the sadness of the cuckoo songs
breath of the tree roots
and the lilts of the river waters.

 

Notes

[1] A  string coated with a mixture of glass-powder and gum.

[2] Sacred fig tree–its references are found in Vedas, Bhagwat Gita and Upanishads. It is held as a metaphor for the Cosmic Tree. In the Katha Upanishad, while explaining the meaning of life to Nachiketa, Lord Yama, compares the universe with “a tree eternally existing, its roots aloft, its branches spread below. The pure root of the tree is Brahman, the immortal, in whom the three worlds have their being, whom none can transcend, who is verily the Self.” ( The Upanishads: Breath of the Eternal, by Swami Prabhavananda).

[3] A dried-up river mentioned in Vedas;  and a hidden river, which meets underground with Ganges and Yamuna near Allahabad, India. The Kumbh mela takes place at the site of confluence of rivers.

[4]Maha” is great and “Kaal” is time. Lord Shiva is called Mahakaal, as with the commencement of his cosmic dance (taandav) the existing period of time will be destroyed and another period of time will be created. Thus, only Mahakaal, who transcends time, can become author of time or serve the cause of evolution.

 

 

Sameera Rashid

Sameera Rashid

Sameera Rashid is civil servant from Pakistan. She likes to visit shrines, temples, tombs and ruins.

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