a dense glob

jams days

a shadowy spectre

eclipses light

a weighty void

slivers nights

into starless shards

lack-lustre faith

haunts the periphery

of dreams

laughter derisive

lampoons hope

caricatured joy

embraces shallowness


into agonized words

it moulds itself

into a poem



22 responses »

  1. Sonal Shree says:

    Deep, intense & powerful. The journey of words through your poem is remarkable.

  2. Shernaz says:

    Ditto, Shail. I too enjoy poetry most. Charming, alluring, enigmatic, inspiring, challenging…and so much more.

    Yes, you have proved that a poem can emerge out of just anything – I had never thought sinus could do it!

    Thanks a ton.

  3. Dear Shernaz,

    Lovely poem. That’s the charm of poetry. It can emerge out of something or nothing. That’s why poetry has always remained and will remain my first and last love…

  4. vimala madon says:

    Every word crafted to etch itself into one’s senses, Shernaz.
    ‘ a weighty void slivers nights into starless shards’, wish I had thought of this line myself.

  5. Sucharita Dutta-Asane says:

    I like the way you use the verbs in this poem, Shernaz. Nice!

  6. Beyniaz says:

    Intense and interesting use of words moulded into a fine poem, Shernaz.

  7. Shernaz says:

    Thanks Om. Seems I will have to do something to change my image from ‘ruthless’ to ‘kind’. Let’s see what the devil working overtime – to use Jitoo’s words – comes up with next time. ๐Ÿ™‚

  8. Shernaz,
    I have to keep repeating the same tribute : Ruthlessly beautiful verse!
    As someone else commented earlier, with you, the poem seems to write itself!

  9. J S Broca says:

    Dear Shernaz,it is said,an empty mind is the devil’s workshop but if such hard hitting and high quality poems are going to come out of the workshop, let him work overtime ! Give the devil his due ! Your range of emotions and colours narrated in the poem,make me believe that this ” Devil Wears Prada…”!! Keep it up !!
    Retired Chief Manager
    Bank of India
    New Delhi

    • Shernaz says:

      ๐Ÿ™‚ Jitoo, an idle mind is the devil’s workshop. Is idle the same as empty? Thank you for your witty and flattering response.

  10. vimala ramu says:

    Even emptiness can be so beautiful in the hands of an expert poet. Thank you Shernaz for sharing it.

    • Shernaz says:

      The pleasure is all mine Vimala, in the lovely comments of the generous readers. Thank you so much.

  11. gc1963 says:

    An intense word craft describing the mindset of emptiness. As usual rich in every sense of the term. ๐Ÿ™‚

  12. Sneha says:

    Reminds me of surrealism. How can Dilip Chitre be far behind?

  13. Safiyyah says:

    How well you talk about how poetry means so many different things to different people, whether they write or only read and enjoy, and how it gets written, because, amny a times I feel I could not sit down thinking, “let’s write a poem”. I feel it almost writes itself. Editing follows after. Regards.

    • Shernaz says:

      You are right Saffiyah. Poems write themselves. Even when I have been given a title, I sit on it for days not knowing what to write and then one fine day it gets written within minutes. Usually, for me, the title comes after the poem writes itself out.

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