It takes less than a star strike
for worlds to break apart
for rooms to stop breathing
for windows to go blind.
What did you think it was like? –
the starless and their smarts
just like rhyme cubes freezing
in ice trays of the mind
heart shaped, and spear, and spike,
and the full suite of art
in some crook of evening
uncombed unpolished unshined.
Greater than the conceits
of plastic trays and heartbeats.
I just wanted to say here that Kerala in South India, in peacetime known as 'God's own country,' is reeling from floods. Hundreds dead, hundreds of thousands displaced and/or homeless. Hospitals have had to shut down for the first time. People are marooned in their own homes. The news is beyond distressing. Here is how you can help.