Poem: Blue’s Disguise

By Bakul Sharma

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This is where I guess
the blood meets the ground.
Unwise labyrinths on the
chest of the hill,
like an old, wrinkled face.
Iris coloured giants, horizon
with the blue wintered sky.
Sun filling into my eyes
like a giant, diamond haze.
Was there a river too?
Omniscient, transparent.
Beauty lies in the green
yet my fear resembles
the light-eyed monster,
with shredded hands, the trees.
Deep and clear but in
every breath a new emotion,
evolved and murdered,
by no one else but me.
I decomposed the core,
myself, in swettering
heat, with air still beside
and melted out to myself
the dark reality,
a mere blue’s disguise.

 

Four Poems: Christopher Barnes

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Poem I:

A Tickling Divorce

 

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Back-jumped at the elbow-room

Of having the bolt-hole to herself.

 

“Most will attempt to raise several broods

     Each year”

 

Finger-wagging…window shopping the calendar’s

Do-nothing blanks.

 

     “Provided climate conditions allow”

 It’s explicit she’s free as air.

“The breeding season of these birds”

 Mrs. Lother pouts, grins;

The mail packet’s chirruped to the kerb

And the postman also smiles.

 

By Christopher Barnes, UK

QUOTES: Gene Planker

 

Poem II:

Sand Fly Bites

 

Mr. Newberry bleats

Uncoupling eyelids,

On a Tasmanian Devil print bed-slip.

 

     “The foreigner and the citizen”

 

A Francis Ford Coppola moon’s PVC framed.

 

“Migration with a long history of control”

 

Whirling in Polygresis lamp

Smacks of background – no riddance tonight.

 

     “Restrictions and punishments previously imposed”

 

Besides, these small hours tiptoe. Bloat.

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By Christopher Barnes, UK

QUOTES: Centre On Migration, Policy & Society

 

Poem III:

Nightlife

 

Entanglements for Iris, footed all overstepping,

Defaulting to baiting postures.

 

“In the longer term alcohol is a depressant”

 

The Credulous Fool plunged into mist-yellow,

A wall of beating time. Twinkling fizz.

 

“In recent years

     There has been a discernable growth

     In ‘binge drinking”

 

Clumped on decking, mismarried John was huffed

At how uncannily her eyes

Free-willed from his to hers.

 

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By Christopher Barnes, UK

QUOTES: Birmingham City Council

 

Poem IV:

Grey Days Respite

 

Cliff Boxer’s dandruff was shoulder-to-shoulder.

 

“Individuals who tend to disregard and violate

     The rights of others”

 

Hedge-hop neighbours made wrong-footed dins,

Plonking hands, shedding tools

As fight-spoiling quick-changed to spats.

 

     “An enduring pattern of experience”

 

His whys nor wherefores were unflinching

And the embodiment of his better half

Flummoxed the jury.

 

“Egregious, harmful, or dangerous behaviour”

 

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By Christopher Barnes, UK

QUOTES: Psychology Today

‘Masks People Wear’: Divyakshi

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A beautiful lie

A hurtful truth

A bitter smile

A fake tear

A deceitful confession

A pretentious obsession

You are unaware

Of the masks people wear

 

A brilliant show of goodness

Malignant thoughts

An insincere prayer

Nonchalant care

The truth does scare

the masks people wear

 

Innocent face.

Intentions amaze.

The one who hurts tries to mend

An enemy in the guise of a friend

You stand.. unaware

Of the masks people wear.

 

Cheatful love.

False words.

Celebrating a win.

Jealous within.

sugar outside.

Spite inside.

You thought its care..

*Sigh*! The masks people wear!

 

Tumbles one day the pack of lies

Enlightened you realise.

The beautiful picture is morphed..

People don’t change their masks come off.

‘Detachment’: Avinash Dev

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It’s not easy for me to put the genteel screen between us in the name of conduct,

And it kills to behave sane in the wilderness of my love and lust for you

 

Neither is it easy to hold back from tasting those lips which I always wanted to quench my thirst

And near to impossible to stay afloat in those deep eyes of yours that draws me in like a whirlpool

 

The eternal fire of love could only be allayed in your bosoms

For the savage in me does not understand the ways of the civilized

 

Your heat would what can alleviate my fervor and nerves could be cooled when feeling the wetness

Music of your heart is what my ears seek in a world where theres only You and I

 

Your ear lobes between my lips while we struggle to find our feet

You over me and I over you, fight for who over the top ceases to stop

 

Take me in and keep me there for I sense heaven

Feel my passion tremors and relieve me from this prison

 

That’s the mind of the barbarian, who does not see the educated ways

Distance yourself before the devil takes over

 

In his world there are no strings attached

Better for you if you stay detached

AVINASH DEV

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‘Being Human’: Avinash Dev

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Where did we falter my dear
Where did things go awry

What is that we did do that we are here
What is that we did not do that fate took over

Whom to blame for all this mess
Just wondering if there’s a way out of this.

If only I can undo the changes going back in time
And fix those things that went wrong,

Do I think that we can be together,
and regain the eternity that is gone for ever

Alas I am just human, tuned only to move with time
No way I see to pull it back and set things in line.

A POEM BY AVNASH DEV

THE LITERARY JEWELS

Vol. 2, I-iv & Vol.3, I-i