Poetrypoeticspleasure Ezine Volume 2; Issue 10; November 2018 (Special Issue)

Poet of the Month: Glory Sasikala

2 Poems by Gary Lawrence Ingram

2 Poems by Sanghpriya Gautam

2 Poems by Ken Allan Dronsfield

2 Poems by Ryan Quinn Flanagan

 

 

 

Poet of the Month: Glory Sasikala

 

Buy a Ticket

 

at the doorway

you will have to leave

your control issues

and possessiveness

your idiosyncrasies

and mood swings

your petty games

of yes and no

your see-saws

of love and hate

and mainly,

those three-petalled clovers

of ‘i love you’

‘i love you not’

along with your shoes

to enter my world

 

 

 

 

I am Ganga!

 

Where Ganga meets Yamuna

Confluence or conflict?

Conflict I say, Yamuna so calm

And Ganga – raging!

I am Ganga.

Sunlight and breeze

and tornado at times.

Don’t try to own me

Just feel…enjoy…

Till I decide to whip you along

Into my whirlpool –

Your calm, meditative ways

And common sense

And cool demeanour

A part now

Of the raging, rolling torrent

That I am!

 

 

Dance of the Possessed

 

my feet moved on their own

to the beat of the music

the drums beat a slow beat

then faster, faster

and faster and faster

and my body swayed

to the rhythm

my feet out of control

my head rotated

hair flying

i threw my hands in the air

and danced with abandon

hopping from one feet to another

faster and faster

till i was nothing but a blur

the drums paused

and started a slower

rhythmic tatoo

and i fell forward and backward

in keeping

forward and backward

forward and backward

and then the drums went still

and i stopped

then started a slow beat

and i swirled and swirled

and swirled

till i fell

the drums picked up speed

moving through to the next

faster and faster

faster and faster

but i lay there

motionless and still.

 

 

Their Cities

 

Their cities appeared on the map

 

She looked at his forehead and said

“The people in your city are intelligent.”

He looked at her hands and said,

“Your city is clean and small!”

She looked in his eyes and said,

“A fresh breeze blows through your city”

He looked at her hair and said,

“There’s a lovely river in yours.”

She drew in her breath at his smile and asked,

“Why are the people in your city so happy?”

He watched her as she walked and said,

“Deer prance in your city.”

She walked into his arms and said,

“Your city is very warm.”

He held her close and said,

“There are flowers in your city.”

She closed her eyes and said,

“Evenings come too soon in your city.”

He closed his eyes and said,

“There’s a lullaby in yours.”

When it was time to leave, she said,

“I wish I could come to your city.”

And he replied,

“I wish I could come to yours.”

 

Their cities disappeared from the map.

 

Glory Sasikala is a poet and writer currently residing in Chennai, Tamilnadu, India. She is the Editor and Publisher of the Monthly Online Prose and Poetry magazine, ‘GloMag’ and is the administrator of the group of the same name on Facebook. She is a language editor and quality analyst by profession.

 

2 Poems by Gary Lawrence Ingram

 

 

Christmas with mother

 

The house we lived in had a fire place,

and the house smelled of burnt logs most of the time until it was time for spring cleaning

 

I’ll remember those days for the rest of my life

 

Grandad was in his nineties on his last legs I prefer to say,

he was a good man full of stories and loved to make everyone laugh

 

In grandads days he made a bit of moonshine,

no one ever knew it we just kept it to ourselves

 

Growing up came too soon,

before I knew it I had moved away but came back for my family my mother and grandfather R.J Rankin

 

Some of us never really grew up when all we ever knew was hell raising and having a good time  

 

“Me”, I could have been anything at the time but I had a job that could pay the bills,

I kinda figured that’s all it was to being a man

 

So many mistakes and so many bad lifestyle choices ended on the last Christmas with mother

 

It snowed that Christmas year and mom still made me hang my stockings by the fire that crackled and popped into midnight

 

It’s now many years later beyond the ham on the table and the fresh rolls that filled the house with such an aroma

 

I find myself looking back wishing my gift to mom coulda been better

 

Granddad still asked for a snoot or a shot most of you may say, I never turned him down even though he was close to meeting Jesus

 

The burdens that a man keeps inside for a lifetime often finds ways to track him down after many years when he has more to give and filled with a love inside that only God could have put there

 

My stair way to heaven was every step I made and every battle I fought trying to find a better me and a better life ,it was the mountain I climbed

 

Now, I’ve reached the top of that ole mountain but Ive found myself alone looking down on the other side, wishing mother and granddad could see me now I think they’d be proud

 

Whenever you reach the top of wherever you’re headed in life

take the time to look back at all of your memories,

never leave them behind ,remember your roots and where you came from as you strive to make not only your dreams come alive but those dreams others had for themselves as they lie somewhere lost in time saying prayers for you

 

Hello ,to my family somewhere up in heaven

and mom your prayers for your son have finally been answered

 

Thinking of you on every Christmas with tears

 

Dad’s advice

Dad was a quiet man that worked hard from dark to dark,

he never had a bad word to say about anyone he just kept it to himself

 

I’ll always remember none of us kids ever done without in fact he gave us his all

 

Dad was the kind of man who enjoyed surprising mom,

sometimes a new dress or something she could use in the kitchen

 

Each year and every occasion dad often sat me down in quiet places telling me what is to be a man and how important it is to love God and all of his creatures

 

Dad if you’re up there looking down,

 

sir I remember everything you ever told me

and I may not be perfect or half the man you were

but I’ll try my best just like the day I told you that before I went to college  

 

Gary Lawrence Ingram is an Oklahoma based writer. His paperback book “Shadows of the Past” is available at amazon.com. Gary has recently been published in The Secret Life of Poets Magazine, at youtube.com, and in the anthology Dandelion in a Vase of Roses. His newest book, One Thousand Love Poems is the latest flow of words from this poet.  

 

 

2 Poems by Sanghpriya Gautam

 

Listen pale child

 

Listen pale child before your bones are weary,

Born blue you were, cradled beneath the grey sky,

Still can breathe, though coughs are dreary,

And still sail amidst the sea of deafening sighs.

 

You who were born blue beneath the grey sky,

Are blessed with a chance, can hear the breath of winds

And still sail amidst the sea of deafening sighs,

Learn from those who have and yet not sinned;

 

Are blessed with a chance, hear the breath of winds,

Light up that undying soul which persist,

Learn from those who have and yet not sinned

Be the hope of this dying world and resist.

 

Light up that undying soul which persist,

Stretch arms to the stranded who are left to die,

Be the hope of this dying world and resist

Your tears will melt away the desolate sky.

 

Stretch arms to the stranded who are left to die,

They still can breathe, though coughs are dreary.

Your tears will melt away the desolate sky,

Listen pale child before your bones are weary.

 

 

I saw a crooked little boy

 

I saw a crooked little boy.

Sitting with his fingers interdigitated,

Looking at several cars that hurried by,

And buses that stopped every moment that flitted,

In front of our eyes.

 

I wondered if we looked at the same world,

With him, all young, tired and perhaps hungry,

His eyes were staring at every movement

That went by with winds howling

And horns blaring.

 

I wondered for a little while

And then drifted in a grim dream.

.

There no movement passed by

And no sound swirled about.

 

Suddenly the green warped around

And near-far-away a crystalline sound

Was heard where thick fragrant rainbow sheen slime

Curls in circles, twirling in a dark pool.

 

And all weird sweet smells wafted in the winds

From gaudy pink and red unnatural flowers

And sky appeared in a dangerous blue colour,

In between the dappled sky and golden showers.

 

Crass cacophony of weird animate objects…

That fluttered like command prompts on a computer screen

From one brown pole, through one green to another,

Out of order, unconcerned and disrespecting.

 

I shouted! when I saw at him, Absolute Anarchy!

His eyes were drenched weak, his clothes poor,

His heart I could hear, oh so deafening,

The hair glowed on his head against gravity,

His Face stubborn, What blasphemy!

 

Child! I shouted! You are a piece of vile vermin,

Of degenerates who filled people with dreams

How dare you-you little– gave me once again,

Such unnerving sight of peace in this darkling rain.

 

Oh! The smoke once again filled my senses

The soot drew me black once again

I called the executioners at once,

My countrymen, the holy men!

For whom I will gladly live.

 

Sanghpriya Gautam is an Indian poet. He is a busy student in daylight but when the sun sets, the poet rises, and then his imagination paints a world with words on pages.

 

 

 

2 Poems by Ken Allan Dronsfield

 

 

Arbor of Wisteria and Clematis

 

I reflect upon the lavender Wisteria;

 

the lilacs and lonely gardenias.

 

I uncover the grand butterfly bush

 

Quoth the Nepeta, ‘keep to the path’.

 

Those shrubby pussy willows bloom,

 

a burning felt deep within the Clematis.

 

What could be more purely aglow?

 

Only this and a Thimble-berry pie.

 

There perched, a crow upon the arbor

 

craving the bi-colored, brag bonnet.

 

A harlequin colored sky now aflame

 

The rooster never asked for the time.

 

Orange bells fall from the trumpet vine,

 

first touch of frost kisses a naked leaf.

 

leaves soar and spin in the north winds.

 

 

 

Of Time Slowly Passing

 

Of shallow labored breaths

 

a lone kiss in the of predawn,

 

rattle and hum whispers within,

 

wish only sleep during cold times.

 

Yellowish orbs dart all about trees,

 

kisses spread from the tip of sprigs

 

spiraling down into the old garden

 

I try to reach out and touch them.

 

My ride takes us through the gates

 

grass glistens in the carriage-lights

 

touch of frost left upon a naked leaf

 

skies of yesterday; dreams of today.

 

Albino raven’s roost in the old cedar

 

pious penance delivered by rosary.

 

Moldy smell of freshly shoveled earth

 

thoughts linger within lofty reflections;

 

the things that can never be unseen

 

a taste of solace within old memories.

 

Prayers answered with a lilac scent

 

I feel small in this time of my passing

 

Resurrection Lilies sprouting nearby

 

fragrant Red Roses whisper to me. 

 

Ken Allan Dronsfield is a disabled veteran, prize winning poet and fabulist from New Hampshire, now residing on the plains of Oklahoma. He is published in magazines, journals, reviews and anthologies throughout the US and abroad. Ken has three poetry collections, “The Cellaring”, 80 poems of light horror, paranormal, weird and wonderful work. His second book, “A Taint of Pity”, contains 52 Life Poems Written with a Cracked Inflection. Ken’s third poetry collection, “Zephyr’s Whisper”, 64 Poems and Parables of a Seasonal Pretense, and includes his poem, “With Charcoal Black, Version III”, selected as the First Prize Winner in Realistic Poetry International’s recent Nature Poem Contest. Ken won First Prize for his Haiku on the Southern Collective Experience Haiku Contest. He’s been nominated three times for the Pushcart Prize and six times for the Best of the Net for 2016-2018. Ken loves writing, hiking, thunderstorms, and spending time with his cats Willa and Yumpy.  

2 Poems by Ryan Quinn Flanagan

 

 

Weaving Between Convictions like a Late Model Four Door in Traffic

 

It takes a wise man

 

to show restraint.

 

 

 

Jackson Pollock

 

used to get drunk

 

and start arguments

 

at the Cedar Bar,

 

then leave suddenly

 

while others were left to

 

continue the argument

 

he had started.

 

 

 

Imagine the discipline it takes

 

to convince others

 

of the sincerity of your argument,

 

only to leave without notice

 

and not care in the least

 

about a resolution

 

 

 

either way.

 

 

 

There will always be takers

 

on every side

 

of the argument,

 

but wise is he who has no stake

 

in the matter.

 

 

 

Weaving between convictions

 

like a late model four door

 

in traffic.

 

 

 

With Mozart on the radio

 

and the top down.

 

 

 

And an odometer that looks

 

like a speedometer

 

 

 

in the right

 

light.

 

 

 

Journalists are a Prison Break with Credentials

 

The temperature never falls for you.

This is a love of outside motivations.

Fisherman gutting the daily catch

on tiny wood blocks

along the pier.

And to get to the bottom of anything

is to have your glass topped up again.

Journalists are a prison break

with credentials.

That perilous way your knuckle cracks

like a stoolie under hard questions.

State secrets

and the broken telephone

game.

Old movie posters

you think of while sitting

up in bed.

Running your nails over strange blankets

like a human record player.

The window opened up

for circulation.

 

Ryan Quinn Flanagan is a Canadian-born author residing in Elliot Lake, Ontario, Canada with his wife and many bears that rifle through his garbage.  His work can be found both in print and online in such places as: Evergreen Review, The New York Quarterly, PPP Ezine, In Between Hangovers, Red Fez, and The Oklahoma Review.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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