Lata Mangeshkar Sings Songs Of Love

Lata Mangeshkar Sings Songs Of Love short poem

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The ants are at the banana
in advance of the beneficence of the sun
a brown on brown crime
as three tribes have extended hungry
mandible-tipped spears
to carry back the rich flesh
within the maws
of their concrete oases

that was the start of my day
a poem of three elements and me
striding out into a cool morning
trying to find meaning in the bird song
watching the slow then fast
elephantine progress of a city bus
closing my eyes to avoid the eddy and rush
of its passing diesel wind

a mile long walk then I sit down
to tea and comic strips trying to discern
what to write about today
puzzling over a poetical dream
and the ornate green fantails
that populated the inside of my eyes
as I lay down to sleep last night

the soundtrack is espresso machine huff
coffee grinder burr and songs
from several decades as patrons
arrive at the shop, some to take out
some to perch for a time and I try
to kill my inspiration
and do anything but write

distracted by a single song lyric I divert
on an hour-long escapade to India
fixating on a famous background singer
with an eternally sweet voice
a film and recording star of the highest echelon
hidden from the silver screen
I wish I was like her

a few moments from now I will rise
on achy feet and walk back home
to the dishes and laundry
the imposition of family
with the doom of profitable work
looming on Monday and try to
learn from those Bollywood fantasies
tear sweetness out of everything I do

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a poet from Seattle Washington USA. His poetry has appeared in print in publications such as Bellowing Ark, Point Nopoint, and most recently in Contraposition magazine. When not writing poetry he is a Human Resources professional, a repentant glutton, and a novelist specializing in the weird-fiction genre.
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An elaborate poetic and ornate description ennui of modern times and escapade into fantasy evoked by famous Bollywood singer.
Reverie and eventual break-up of it woven in a deft hand !


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