Sunday 7 October 2018

Always more than the sum of its pieces

A glass breaks, snaps in pieces just like that
and brings back the distant space it was bought -
memory and wistfulness in the format
of a raw, jagged rim. A morning caught

between the smells of the dust and diesel,
between the crosshatches marked on the road;
the mood chasing its own tail like a mongrel,
the vendors already in touristy mode.

The traffic in the cloak of peak hour rush,
the more the haste the more viscous its gait -
the whole day an indeterminate slush
of bleached sky and earth in a grudging wait.

Now that the glass's broken it's got the sheen
of a greater truth, more than what glass should mean.

Tomorrow marks the start of the Indian autumn festival season - the Navaratri or nine nights culminating a month later on Diwali, the festival of lights. I have family visiting from India during the Durgapuja (yay!) - so I'm going to be a little occupied with stuff offline, but will be there for the WEP October Spookfest. Online and off, it's going to be a megablast! 


  1. enjoy family and autumn fest. Sounds like a good combo.

    and your poem - I must ponder the sheen of broken glass...a ceiling...? the greater truth and what it means to different people? Much to think about. Thanks

    1. Each of us has our own unique truth. Thanks for being here and your thought provoking comments.

  2. Hari Om
    blessings of Durga-maa to you and family! YAM xx

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    1. Thank you, I will. Super chuffed to see you at the WEP!!

  4. The poem is beautiful. Enjoy the time with your family.

  5. Hi Nila - yes ... life is for family and living, while pursuing our dreams. There's always more with whatever happens. Have a very happy month ... and see you for WEP - cheers Hilary

    1. Always more with whatever happens - so true! Thanks Hilary.

  6. Love the imagery of "the whole day an indeterminate slush
    of bleached sky and earth".

    1. Glad you liked it, Thank you for the feedback. Value it, as always.

  7. I love the idea of the mood chasing it's own tail, Nila. And the glass breaking to reveal 'the sheen of a greater truth.'
    Enjoy your time with family.