29 October 2009

Flowers, Colors and the rain...

In the balcony I have
plants in several ceramic pots,
plants that stay green
and those that flower lots...

Religiously I would everyday
check on their well being,
direct the ivy to go up railings
take out dry leaves and weeds...
I would water them and clean up the area
and talk to them happy thoughts
I wonder if they listened...

I have petunias that are
white, lavender, pink and purple
Little red flowers that grow in bunches
and tiny little yellow roses...

I also have onions and jalapenos
and sprouts of pulses planted..
you know, parsley and corriander
and a little ginger too...

But they wouldnt bloom...they wouldnt grow
They would look fine but there was no color
and the ivy wouldn't climb up the string
the petunias would be green but not one flower....

And then it rained.

And then came the rain, oh just too heavy
The days were dull, and evenings so dark..
Windy and cold, all the while cloudy
it wouldn't stop and would pour and pour....
it would ruin your clothes if you stepped out
and made the days and the mood so sour...

And then I looked out, at 10 one morning,
it was still twilight, that suddenly grew bright....

There was now color,
color in the balcony
there are petunias of all colors
the ivy is long and up the railing
the yellow roses so many
have covered the little rose pot
and the red bunches of stars
look like they are smiling...

Also the onions have broken
and new green leaves have sprouted
the spices look good
and there is a jalapeƱo plant bush...

The rain doesn't seem so bad now
when I sit amidst the colors
and think about how there is a rainbow
after all of the heart's worries

22 October 2009

Ithaca - Constantine Peter Cavafy

As you set out for Ithaka,

Hope your journey is long,
Full of adventure, full of awakening.
Do not fear the monsters of the old
You will not meet them in your travels
If your thoughts are exalted and remain high'
If authentic passions stirs your mind, body and spirit.
You will not encounter fearful monsters ,
If you don't carry them within your soul,
If your soul doesn't set them up in front of you..

Hope your road is a long one.
May there be many summer mornings when,
with what pleasure, what joy,
you enter harbors you're seeing for the first time;
may you stop at Phoenician trading stations
to buy fine things,
mother of pearl and coral, amber and ebony,
sensual perfume of every kind-
as many sensual perfumes as you can;
and may you visit many Egyptian cities
to learn and go on learning from their scholars.

Keep Ithaka always in your mind.
Arriving there is what you're destined for.
But don't hurry the journey at all.
Better if it lasts for years,
so you're old by the time you reach the island,
wealthy with all you've gained on the way,
not expecting Ithaka to make you rich.
Ithaka gave you the marvelous journey.
Without her you wouldn't have set out.
She has nothing left to give you now.

And if you find her poor, Ithaka won't have fooled you.
Wise as you will have become, so full of experience,
you'll have understood by then what these Ithakas mean.
-Constantine Peter Cavafy

15 October 2009

Happily Ever After

Did you hear it isn't the end
if it is not 'Happily ever after' !

In the stories we have read,
and the ones we are in,
they say there is a
'Happily ever after'.

Hope, it creates,
inspiration, to dream...
that there exists a unique
'Happily ever after'.
for everyone, everywhere...
it seems to the point
to find and reach their own
'Happily ever after' !

It is quite interesting that
I am a part of somebody else's
and they are a part of my
'Happily ever after' !

08 October 2009

fast was it?

Did time pass by like it does all the time?
I think it did a double speed this year...

Only yesterday was I happy about fall
and here it is again in its splendor all
cool breeze in warm sunshine
days to read books outside
such a relief after the summer hot
how about a walk tonight?

Did time pass by like it does all the time?
I think it did a double speed this year...

Were we not worried just the other day
if things would go the way we plan
and here we are after everything has passed
as best as it could and would and it did
such peace I feel after its done
how about we dont talk about it?

Did time pass by like it does all the time?
I think it did a double speed this year...

There are already new worries
and new plans and it seems
it was just now that we were relieved...
There are new goals and places
we need to work on to get to and see
how about we work on those cases

Maybe it will be slow this time..
there is so much to do, so little time...