Mutability

Having mislaid it, and then
found again in a changed mind,
stones are like deaths.

(The distant boom of quiet change.)

Only, we are inert spaces
brushed by the half-rhymes of activities
meshed in a world
quicksilvering into water –

threading the event with sight
till meaning rises like a tide through it.

Shloka Shankar, 2016

Remixed works:

Poems by Charles Tomlinson:
A Rose for Janet, Before the Concert, Hill Walk,
In Defence of Metaphysics, The Way of a World,
Against Travel, and All Afternoon

Awakening

I stood isolated,
u     n     r     e     e     l     i     n     g
in the summer of your love;

lost my will and reason,
tongue stuck in my jaw –
a mind with all its lights
put out. I have lived

like a foot, standing
and fallen. Vaguely,

life leaks away in my arms.
I hold your crooked heart,
lifeless in appearance, only
half-meaning to awaken.

Shloka Shankar, 2015

Remixed works:
The Old Playhouse, by Kamala Das
Daddy, by Sylvia Plath
Spring and All, by William Carlos Williams
Conversation, by Elizabeth Bishop
A Noiseless Patient Spider, by Walt Whitman
As I Walked Out One Evening, by W. H. Auden

Vortex

the electric heat
of empty silence
in worn-out

words
and dead secrets

w   h   i   r   l   e   d
in a vortex;

a pattern in my
fear of fear.

Shloka Shankar, 2015

Remixed work:
East Coker, from Four Quartets by T.S. Eliot

Cross-Over

2nd floor of the motel:

crawling in and out of beds,
the madhouses fill

life stale,
wasted,
wrapped in a blanket
of loveless love

an out-dated yellow
notebook,
vases,
music.

Shloka Shankar, 2014

Remixed Works:

A Radio with Guts
Alone with Everybody
Are You Drinking?
Be Kind
Carson McCullers

- by Charles Bukowski

I

it is I
in the hung
ry haste of rivers,
in the
lone
ly drinks
at twelve,
playing schizo
phren
ia
thro
ugh lace-draped windows,
a monsoon cloud
that swells;
it is I
in the
tireless
waiting
of the betray
ed.

Shloka Shankar, 2014

Remixed Work:
An Introduction, by Kamala Das