Once upon a time in spirit land,
there dwelt a spirit free.
She danced upon the dewy grass
and swayed with every tree.
The ways of nature
unknown to most
were songs for her heart
through reds and browns
her story began its sprightly journey –
a past that blossomed free…
She looked wonder eyed at the world
the drops of rain in puddles fall
the mynah singing in the wind
the ants that turned each corner yet
called out to friends as they sped along –
All was the tapestry weave of love
the care that sprinkles from time to time
through water, sand, the caressing hand
on barren land.
Once upon a time in earthy realms
she started growing up.
The cues of nature murmured still
but had no voice
nor sudden thrill
as sudden as the peeping eyes
that gazed with wonder at her form
the tilt of chin upon her hand
the thoughts unfettered in the land
that she is grown, she has a heart
that beats and beats for half the world –
and the whispering shades of sharpened nettles
pricked the travellers’ wandering steps…
The turn of turns was when
her spirit succumbed to land lock
when silent nights were heavy and hard
and the spirit flayed within
tossing, turning, tousled head frenzy
gnashing at spite’s lithe form
restraining, holding back every inch
and smile’s war came to nought.
Once upon a time in spirit world
there was a cacophony
as new and old had gathered to see the end
to yet another story.
The beginning of ends is never alone
but watched by many an eye
serene – to sit and wait patiently
till time knocks on the window sill
calling forth with cushions of peace
to gaze one’s fill
and bide the day
as luck may soon despair
of moments in life
worse than death.
The now burdened spirit with afternoon bones
and flesh of wooden Monday blues
is still between this world and that
and the spirit world is silent yet
return to them she must she knows…
apples and oranges, pears and grapes
all wither, crinkle, add their bite
to sour lips and faces – wrinkles of time
before time has even run
she pauses and takes a deeper breath
for time’s stitch has come undone.