ROOTLESS

Hidden from the eyes of others
I was made in secret
but can’t remember my birth
from foetus in the womb
to severing of the cord
erased the memory
now rootless in the valley
fading sensations of years
pierce the darkling wings of
world wide web that blob my being
twisted and tangled, brushed
away like a fly, hatemongers
hashtag my creation
pirouetting platitudes
–R.K.Singh
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Three haiku on Childhood

my grand daughter
with fey appearance:
a woodland sprite

the child lost in
letters and numbers
spins new designs

moving between
the fingers of a toddler
the first winter rain

–R K Singh

Published in Poetry Pea, 23 January 2019

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Black Wednesday

after the discourse
beer and biryani in lunch–
happy Drinksgiving

–R K Singh

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Three Poems & Three Haiku

RAINBOW

They color their hair
paint their faces to look younger
then speak aged lies
to emulate rainbows but stare
into the sky to find
which color follows which
before melding into one
they wonder what to do
with beige and indigo shades
that cloud their vision

     CLOSED EYES

The faces appearing
and receding in
the darkness of closed eyes

don’t answer why
they aren’t winged souls
fading in the sun

I emptied before it set
in the gowns of girls
stopped from dancing barefoot:

they shake autumn in the rain
mist blurs the image
water spills in shady pools

     SMALLNESS

I live in a crowd of fakes
smallness rises with age

my mind has ceased to think
new metaphors hardly happen

hunger keeps me awake all night
I mitigate minginess

inner lives are emptied
and filled with fresh stresses

too many fault lines run through
to make sense of the divide

my passion itches and prompts
I nuzzle the virtual too

it’s the same virus replicating
the same hackers that hurt

the vigor and rigor of
the new, left or pushed behind

whatever the remedy
wounds take deaths to heal

–Ram Krishna Singh

 

https://anthonywatkins.wixsite.com/btsnov2018draft/international-poetry

 

Haiku:

Professor Ram Krishna Singh sent us haiku from Dhanbad, India. His work, at least this set, is especially eclectic, featuring masses of people and a wonderful image of “decaying fireflies.”

crowded streets

moving among the years

wretched faces

fingers feel

decaying fireflies

in night lights

slowly rising

from the cloud’s edges

autumn sun

Prof. R.K. Singh

 

https://anthonywatkins.wixsite.com/btsnov2018draft/haiku

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My poems in Better Than Starbucks

 

From the International Poetry section guest edited by Michael R. Burch:

 

RAINBOW

They color their hair
paint their faces to look younger
then speak aged lies
to emulate rainbows but stare
into the sky to find
which color follows which
before melding into one
they wonder what to do
with beige and indigo shades
that cloud their vision

     CLOSED EYES

The faces appearing
and receding in
the darkness of closed eyes

don’t answer why
they aren’t winged souls
fading in the sun

I emptied before it set
in the gowns of girls
stopped from dancing barefoot:

they shake autumn in the rain
mist blurs the image
water spills in shady pools

     SMALLNESS

I live in a crowd of fakes
smallness rises with age

my mind has ceased to think
new metaphors hardly happen

hunger keeps me awake all night
I mitigate minginess

inner lives are emptied
and filled with fresh stresses

too many fault lines run through
to make sense of the divide

my passion itches and prompts
I nuzzle the virtual too

it’s the same virus replicating
the same hackers that hurt

the vigor and rigor of
the new, left or pushed behind

whatever the remedy
wounds take deaths to heal

Ram Krishna Singh, born, brought up and educated in Varanasi (India), has been writing poetry  for about four decades. Recently retired as professor of English, he has authored  forty-two books, including his latest collections  God Too Awaits Light (2017) and Growing Within (English/Romanian) (2017).

https://www.betterthanstarbucks.org/international-poetry

 

From the HAIKU section guest edited by Kevin McLaughlin:

Professor Ram Krishna Singh sent us haiku from Dhanbad, India. His work, at least this set, is especially eclectic, featuring masses of people and a wonderful image of “decaying fireflies.”

crowded streets

moving among the years

wretched faces

fingers feel

decaying fireflies

in night lights

slowly rising

from the cloud’s edges

autumn sun

Prof. R.K. Singh

 

https://www.betterthanstarbucks.org/haiku

 

 

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R.K.SINGH: INDIAN ENGLISH POET

https://rksingh.wordpress.com/

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INTELLECTUALS

INTELLECTUALS

Stranded in the past
sparkling glasses in hand
intellectuals
preach ancient wisdom
to the new generation
diving nude in dried pool
to corral them along
the fence they sit bumfing
through knowledge googled
for the next day’s sessions

–R.K.Singh

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