Silence

Day 24 NaPoWriMo 2020

(Photo by Aashish Vaidya)

Silence

“You and I, Love, together we ratify the silence”
The thunder pierces the ears, but we abide by the silence

Let the town crier shout his lies at high decibels,
You and I, on our lanai swing, we dignify the silence

The rising waves of the sea and the oncoming tsunami
May test our patience, but it will never liquefy the silence

The shouters see everything as either black or white
On them, lost is the beauty of rainbow that tie dye the silence

When you put an ignoramus in charge, expect the experts
To get hogtied and their voices crucified in silence

The lickspittles, bereft of a moral compass
Parasitically rationalize, glorify and justify the silence

I cherish your voice with the sonority full of love, but its
The curl of your lips, full of meaning that beautify the silence

‘Mirage’ may seduce with sweet talk and low whispers,
But it can’t disrupt the calm and shanghai the silence

Notes:  Day 24 of NaPoWriMo 2020.  Off-prompt today, penned a ghazal for my muse on her birthday today.  The first line is from Pablo Neruda 100 Love Sonnets IX translated by Stephen Tapscott.  The original Spanish line: “Juntos tú y yo, amor mío, sellamos el silencio.”

Two Tankas: Gifts

Day 20 NaPoWriMo 2020

 

Green Tunic

Parrot green tunic
with hand painted folk dancers
and preening peacock,
receiving true art from an
artist. Appreciativeness.

 

Labor of Love

Pickled seeds of dried
mangoes, pickled goodness
of gooseberries,
aft-dinner mouth freshener
munch, crunch, with much thankfulness.

Notes:  Day 20 of NaPoWriMo 2020.  Today’s prompt:

Today, in gratitude for making it to Day 20, our (optional) prompt asks you to write a poem about a handmade or homemade gift that you have received. It could be a friendship bracelet made for you by a grade-school classmate, an itchy sweater from your Aunt Louisa, a plateful of cinnamon toast from your grandmother, a mix-tape from an old girlfriend. And whatever gift you choose, we wish you happy writing!

On-prompt tankas.  Really grateful to two individuals, who are special and provide me with such thoughtful (and useful), and beautiful gifts – true labor of love.