Wings of Autumn

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i fly high, whooosh
seagulls wonder
eagles envy

stabbing breath. laced spirits
coy eyes, beating lashes
she curled abreast, a meandering poet
and whispered
“Love, fly”

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Spinoza’s Harmony VI

Happy Birthday Sir Isaac Newton
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A work of art that goes under the hammer earns accolades from buyers and admirers but art that fails to receive due appreciation certainly finds a permanent place in the heart of its maker. Every creation of God and man does secure redemption it deserves just like the shining light of a star travels a billion years to reach our planet.
Arjun Bagga

please insert coin

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closing time
people were gone
barkeep pulled a fresh bottle
winked at me
“on the house” he said
poured him and me a drink
it was quiet and serene
till the barkeep hit his 3rd drink.
“people talk too much………….”
he had a bottle and my attention..

8 to 5

14

Ain’t he worn out,
Tired of his routine?
Everyday he appears
Shines bright, disappears
Only to reappear
The following day

Look at that moon
Flaunts, his borrowed light
Ramp walks a new style
Every night

One moonless night
I lost my way back home
Returned back to the bar for one more

I saw him sitting in a corner
Sulking, plugged to a charger

“Switching on? Switching off?”

Grumpy old schmuck that he is
kept staring at his empty glass

I bought him a rum, three cubes of ice
“time you took a break”

Sun slurred “this job is all i got”

Randamn

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Await : it’s been a while. Talk to me

Talk : Lies

Lies : Hell no..but your point of view. Right?

Right : I never was

Was : I am. look at me..Please?!

Please : smile please

Smile : my poetry does’nt

Poetry : cry

Rhyming poetry : try a cry

Laugh : after a burst out cry. Fake it for the mirror

Fake : You excelled everytime

Time : a crippled walk

Crippled : by your thoughts, not a moment goes by…

HOLD : she said

STOP : she did not

Darwin is confused

option
On laptops next to the webcab, there should be an inbuilt breathalyzer.
Moment user logs on, it should instantly warn

Dear User
You are drunk
Blood Alcohol Concentration (BAC) is 8
Any sort of correspondence on a social platform can be hazardous

Black Screen.

BEEP BEEP BEEP BEEP

Logging off computer

Press cancel to pay your credit card bills

For Asians
Press cancel to buy official version of Microsoft.

Infantaria

1103

“FERNANDES!”

call out for fernandes
you’ll meet a fernandes
any restaurant or a bar in Goa
you got to find one
maybe two

i had but found a forsaken table
in a odd corner
by a stupid well
propped up with a drab metal bucket
an old portuguese house, now a colonial cafe
“Infantaria”

i dread stepping alone
in joints like such
that has no bar counters, no bar stools
no barkeeps
but a table of two or worse four

i needed a drink badly
“FERNANDES”
“Was I loud?”
Puny nose, squeaky eyes
lips like two thin blades
chop-chop monster frowning at me
MEAN

“fernandes, large rum and a beer pint.”
i sneaked a glance at her
her fiery eyes glued on me
waiting for a sign
any sign to tear me apart
“ahem..fernandes, get me a repeat, i hate to wait”

two on table no 6
i could hear her squirrel
black halter, back facing me
curvy neck
few strands of hair
waving me hello
guy with her was smothering his belly
severe case of ulcer

table no 5
tender face, nice smile, gentle eyes
paused on me
i let her go
she was cute
i had to

table no 11
two quiet couples
mid-life crisis

right then
she walks in
and I liked her, very much.
strawberries chimed on her fluttering feathers
streaks of red splashed on my cheeks, a blush

I couldn’t take my eyes off her
I didn’t want to
Her loose white shirt
top two buttons undone
she looked at me
i smiled
she smiled back
lit a cigarette
surfed her bag
pulled out a book

Please Turn Over. Continue….
The author had her

“FERNANDES, repeat…DOUBLE IT”