Ghazal1 min read . Updated: 05 Oct 2012, 06:42 PM IST
Short poems by Indian poets writing in English
Free Verse | Anand Thakore
Shall I hold my tongue, lord, or call tonight?
Contain myself, or start another brawl tonight?
My dead mentor returns. Shall I silence him with words,
Or wrap his image in a shawl tonight?
I am lured by the dark I longed to outgrow.
I long to crawl back into that caul tonight;
And the words of the saints fade like bad dreams.
Their voices will not fill this hall tonight.
Leave me, Lord, leave me alone with my song,
For I shall not be your thrall tonight;
I leave the door open, behind you, when you leave.
I have another guest to enthrall tonight;
Come, my heart, let us be friends again,
And celebrate the ancient fall tonight.
From Elephant Bathing, published by Poetrywala, 77 pages, ₹ 150.