all our riches

a-trompe-loeil-of-paper-money-coins-french-school
i spend the exact change (i have left) of simple words,
gentle words, neurotic words, hunchbacked words,

to have the evening speak and last for some more time —
every second of the same quality and ruse as the lingering

fragrance of raat ki rani, dreaming dreadful thoughts
and foregoing them in a simple parable – “it is only a phase” –
i laugh at my own conjecture that it will perchance still
get better — normalcy lies ahead in a neo-noir paradise,
waiting around the corner.

“life is like a dubious pile of ash” — but Gulzar has already said
that the ashtray is full — no more space (maybe money) left
to fulfill the urge for another puff.

perhaps it is not, perhaps it is another currency,
unfamiliar in shape/size, when the exchange rate
is not known and sapphires already spent —
the parched mouths do not ask for another name
of the word — the spendthrift work over moments

to make sense of a cloud-befuddled mood, depicting natures
of the orange moon (lost in the haze of untarnished selves).

“there is a worm within us that turns everything into a threadbare
experience, a frayed impression of our yearnings,” you said.

it is good that i have another penny left in the pocket within the
pocket, where words do not reach, budgets do not measure
our wealth.

you can have it.

.

*raat ki rani (lit. the queen of the night; Night Blooming Jasmine; scientific name: cestrum nocturnum) — the fragrance abounds anywhere and everywhere these evenings
**Gulzar’s poem, Ashtray puri bhar gyi hai; trans. The Ashtray is Overflowing

© Anmol Arora 2018

For Midweek Motif at PU
Also linking it up with dVerse OLN
Image source (A Trompe Loeil Of Paper Money Coins by French School)

 

 

 

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(No)Credibility Haiku

credibility-

promises made of spring days

prevalence of snow

               ~              

prevalence of snow

credibility misplaced

pledges unfulfilled

pledges unfulfilled

atop money demons sit

we still await spring

*For Carpe Diem # 250 Credibility. Congrats to Kristjaan and all the participants for the 250th prompt. I have been a part of community not for long but I have received a very warm response and I thank you all for that. I apologize for I am not able to read all your contributions, I am dealing with certain technical errors right now.

Green Notes

It is all about those green notes

for which a person is ready to kill

and to be killed

Here we have them in multiple colors

but their feature is the same

they can bring you food

but along with pain

It is all about those green notes

which are multicolored here

but their curse remaining the same.