Poetry by Sita Nilekani
Dancing in twilight
glow worms invade the garden,
joy in slow motion
Blue, pink, green, yellow
sea of sensuous silk, surrounds
daily morning angst
Office gossip climbs
in crowded elevators
to the top story.
Soft soothing ice cream
absorbs melting emotions,
like a trusted friend.
God’s electric smile
cajole monsoon clouds shower
mercy on parched earth.
Lark’s spring twitter tweet
torments lonely shy Raven,
memory bitter sweet
Smitten by Autumn
wind, leaves dance in a circle.
by the Fall spirit, crisp leaves
stagger to the ground.
Death surfs seismic waves
hopeful eyes, mournful cries, calm
under concrete graves.
As life enters fiery flame
blue moon stands silent in shame.
Distorted vision -
color blind see the rainbow,
flowers rain from sky,
Kangaroo reads a poem,
Crocodiles sigh, cry and fly
Dawn lifts sacred veil,
precocious clouds run down
mountain path, conceal
demure moon rendezvous with
dark handsome valiant knight.
Queen bee keeps vigil,
drones quarrel to stir honey
in golden lattice;
workers stage nectar boycotts,
riots, declare palace coup.
Trees download software
into Autumn trash, while
awaits Spring application.
An annual update ritual.
Some say love should be felt and is not seen –
Listen to the trembling sighs of a mother, grasping
for life from two tiny sunken craters, now dry,
the eyes of her child that once reflected her entire
being and the great open African Savannah.
Hold the knotted arthritic hands of the old Gardner
planting from dawn to dusk; whispering quietly
every nuance from dark pregnant clouds, secrets
of the rose bud curled tightly in his fingers.
Picture a native son in a distant war - from afar;
sepia print, dead dusty soldier, bloody Purple Heart,
a child, few chickens, a dog, huts and helicopter
mangled, Napalm smoked them to silence.
Watch the throbbing heart of a woman, waiting
on a cold moonless night; weary eyes scanning
the curved horizon, cupped hands on quivering
mouth exhaling frozen icicle breath.
Tell me - what you heard, held, and saw is not love.
Focus a bit closer, dig a little deeper.
See, I told you…
The winds of season cannot hold the
phases of the moon,
ebb and flow of tides,
dying in autumn, rebirth at spring.
The cyclone of change cannot mould the
simple quiet beauty of a maiden,
vivid palette of the rainbow,
jasmine scent on hot summer night.
The forces of eternity cannot halt the
woods from deep winter sleep
rivers merging into ocean
mountains bolting to the sky.
The spirit moves freely, untouched, ethereal,
leaving subtle shadows rejoicing freedom;
while men, like pebbles on the ocean front
wait to be liberated from sands of time.
Sita Nilekani describes herself as a composite of ideas, values, and beliefs, and a blend of East & West. Indian by birth and pedigree, American by choice and decree. She landed on the shores of the New World with a degree in Biochemistry (Ph.D.), one suitcase, & cherished memories of family & friends, monsoons and mangoes.
A serious walker, she enjoys Mother Nature, Rocks, Water, Sunset, and a good book. An artist at heart, she feels most centered while creating sculptures or drawing or mixing textures & colors, gardening or wrestling with words. She truly believes what Mother Theresa said: “We can do no great things only small things with great love” .
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March 2006 - "Blind Date" by Anupam Kher, "Under the Big Tent: Diary of a Political Conventioneer" by Harmeet Dhillon, "Harmonica..." by Rakesh Mawa, Life Lessons - by Sita Nilekani
February 2006 - "Coretta Scott King: A Tribute" by Kavita Chhibber, "Blessed" by Rahul Khanna, "Valentines day" by Venkatraman "Sheshashayee, Filling the Pitcher (Ghotbhora)" by Rabindranath Tagore (translated by Shyamala Chakrabarti), "Cyberperson: A Fantasy" by Indrani Dutta-Gupta
January 2006 - "Tsunami: One Year Later" by Rahul Bose, "To be a Man" by Scott Masterton, "Daulat" by Sita Nilekani
December 2005 - "The Sunset" by Shalini Ramchandran, "An Uncommon Love Story" by Kaveetaa Kaul, "What Makes the Indian Institutes of Technology Stand Out" by Sunil Kapahi
November 2005 - "Pasta Amor" by Sylvia Staub and "A Mountain Story" by Sunil Kapahi
October 2005 - "Random Winds" by Margaret Deefholts and "A Fishy Story" by Sunil Kapahi
September 2005 - Seshu Sharma’s "The Void" and "Poems of Rabindranath Tagore" by Shyamal Chakrabarti
August 2005 - Sita Nilekani: A Red Motif
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