Ram Krishna Singh

 

 

(India)

 

 

 

1.

SPIRITUAL  FLICKERS

 

Plodding  away at

season’s conspiracies

life has proved untrue

with God an empty word

and prayers helpless cries

 

I wish I could live

nature’s  rhythm free from

bondage of clock-time

rituals of work and sleep

 

expanding haiku present

 

on the prayer mat

the hands raised in vajrasan

couldn’t contact God—

the prayer was too long and

the winter night still longer

 

the mind creates

withdrawn to its own pleasures

a green thought

behind the banyan tree

behind the flickering lust

 

I can’t know her

from the body, skin or curve:

the perfume cheats

like the sacred hymns chanted

in hope, and there’s no answer

 

unknowable

the soul’s pursuit hidden

by its own works:

the spirit’s thirst, the strife

the restless silence, too much

 

unable to see

beyond the nose he says

he meditates

and sees visions of Buddha

weeping for us

 

the mirror swallowed

my footprints on the shore

I couldn’t blame the waves

the geese kept flying over head

the shadows kept moving afar

 

the lane to temple

through foul drain, dust, and mud:

black back of Saturn

in a locked enclosure

a harassed devotee

 

not much fun—

cold night, asthmatic cough

and lonely Christmas:

no quiet place within

no fresh start for the New Year

 

 

 

2.

I AM NO JESUS

 

I am no Jesus

but I can feel the pain

of crucifixion

 

as a common man

suffer all what he suffered—

play the same refrains

 

at times cry and pray

hope for better days ahead

despite lack of love

 

diminishing strength

failures, ennui and blames

for sins I didn’t author

 

I am no Jesus

but I can smell the poison

and smoke in the air

 

feel for humankind

like him carry the cross

and relive my dreams

 

I am no Jesus

but I can feel the pain

of crucifixion

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Bio:

Ram Krishna Singh, born, brought up and educated in Varanasi, India, is a university professor with active interest in poetry and English language teaching. He has authored more than 160 research articles, 170 book reviews and 39 books. Many of his poems have been translated into Italian, Chinese, Japanese, French, Spanish, Greek, Crimean Tatar, German, Portuguese, Bangla, Hindi, Punjabi etc. His latest collection, I am No Jesus and Other Selected Poems, Tanka and Haiku, recently appeared from Romania. Dr Singh is currently Professor of English at Indian School of Mines, Dhanbad, India.

 

URL: http://rksinghpoet.blogspot.in

email: profrksingh@gmail.com

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