Monday, August 12, 2013


Sunsets are very distracting things
I dawdle outside my door watching the sky turn colors
Of pretty chiffon saris in a showroom display
The azaan reminds me the day is almost done
At eight the aarti will commence at the temple
I haven’t finished reading "The Book of Job"
My professor asked me to annotate
My puppy wants to play catch
Dinner’s ready
I'd better go in
Reluctantly I gather up the dictionary
The Bible, the pencil, and ruler
I am transfixed by the lone star in the sky
So close to Heaven
A little left of the minaret 
Just right of the red pennant on the shikhara 
A twinkling little dot
I’ll have to come back and check on them stars again
When they’ve all shown up on this moonless night
Except the lights from the city
Will not allow me to see them in their full glory

                                                                                              ~ Sonali

Sunday, August 11, 2013


facetious self
lost in translation between
what is what was what ought to be
regrets everything and nothing
the chirrup of cicadas
inside of the cranium
create a harrowing din

                                                            ~ Sonali

Saturday, August 10, 2013


The air dipped a brush into the dark blue lake
And began painting the sky
Beginning in the east
Strokes going westward
When accidentally
It touched the sinking sun
And spilled a little of its tangerine
Into the thinning inkiness of the west

From the pewter of yesterday’s moon
It cast on the canvas a minuscule drop of silver
That winked growing stronger each minute
Then came another
And another
A growing population

Now I wait
For a silver sickle
Grown since yesterday
For I know
The air is only pretending to paint
'Coz I play along

This charade goes on
Irrespective of me or you
Or what we believe or choose to disbelieve
                                                                        ~ Sonali
Wallpaper sunset, sky, evening, star, night desktop wallpaper

Thursday, August 8, 2013

Koi Pond

You touch me
I quiver
Ripples carrying shooting stars

Beneath the translucent veil
Thoughts red and black
Dart about
Hoping to come to a fruitful conclusion

A floating lily
Catching sunbeams fills to the brim
Light spills over
A drop of hopefulness touches the surface
A buddha is born
                                                       ~  Sonali

Tuesday, August 6, 2013


I tied my troubles
Into a fat bundle
And fastened
The other end of the rope
To a hot air balloon

Sunday, August 4, 2013

After The Drinking Of Elixir

So you have tasted the nectar of the gods
You have eaten off the tree of knowledge of good and evil
You have seen the ghost of Christmas past
You hold the keys to the kingdom of your loftiest imaginings
And yet you hesitate?
I understand you were inebriated a while
But consider this
There would be no road maps
If some didn't venture
Where no one has passed before

They mostly took a scenic route
A little food perhaps
A little bundle maybe
A dash of common sense
And as much of themselves as they could on that journey

                                                                                                 ~ Sonali

Thursday, August 1, 2013


                                       Part   I

Lame duck vs. dumb luck

I Aphrodite
♫Beautiful but flighty♫

Walking through the forest
Trust me I’m no florist

Head of Hephaestus
Poisonous as asbestos

On a silver salver
Beautiful disaster

Here dear Athene
An offering for thee

Part II


Sweet Aphrodite
I thought you’re high and mighty

Thank you for the present
It’s the perfect accent

Among the family heirlooms
Gold silver Pegasus grooms

And look a matching pair
No more solitaire

The gift of Medusas’ hair
Perseus brought me there

                                                        ~ Sonali

Aphrodite and Athena