Two Poems by Joie Bose


Love XXII 

I won’t stir up a massive storm 
In the bronze coffee cup anymore, 
Or let sizzle noisily 
The golden oil in the silver wok 
I will not fill the rooms and the corridor 
With the smell of cardamom that titillates the basmati rice; 
I won't spoil the kitchen floor again; the year is over now; 
The buffalo milk froth inevitably overflows every day. 

The layer of dust on the paintings in the living room 
And the cobwebs in the inaccessible corners 
Are quite comfortable, and warm, like the duvet we got in Rajasthan— 
The one with azure camels, ochre elephants, quaint palaces and blue dancing girls. 
It’s like the comfort we find in intoxicated hallucinations. I will revert from tangible reality into being a figment of your sleep. 

From Amour: Hymns  to  Aphrodite,  Authorspress


On Elixir Street 

The road spirals, 
Like a ribbon 
Aimlessly let loose; 
It falls breathlessly 
in cascading brown curls—
in a child breaking free, again. 

Pitch wrapped in silence 
Spirits feed on the laughter 
of its voyager; 
Bordering in bushes 
wild flowers makes love—
butterflies and humming birds too. 

Uninterrupted by strokes 
I sit straddling the fence, 
Pitch, intonation and in syllabic stress 
Correct, for none to appreciate—
I voiced sounds, senseless, 
Not to me. 

Nakedness caressed in warmth, 
the day, sets into a visionless reverie—
vehemence spent 
raison d’étre revealed 
panacea located. 
None take this road. 

From Corazón Roto and Sixty Nine Other Treasons, Sampark

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