Glass houses and a deity

Living in our glass houses
We take care to look away
Strangers, acquaintances we remain
And in the dream we meet in the woods,
Make love like the storm
To follow the outpouring
Passion of our dreams.
Again we drift off on
The paths that people take
To reach back to where
They had begun
In the comfort of their living room
By the fireplace
That kept their hearts warm in
The glass cocoons
They built to fool themselves
Into everlasting kinship.

The path by the river led away.
You knew not of its
Meanderings as we drifted on
Talking of the sun, the fields,
The gigantic ilanhi tree that had bloomed
And spread its carpet of stars in
Your child dreams of yesterday.
Your pain on remembering the loveless days
Of collecting rain water on the sly
To draw your visions, of the
Tree felled for money to fuel
Concrete dreams of wise ones bled
Into my marrow and bleached
My soul till I knew it was
Time for me to be reborn.

The jagged rocky path
Is fraught with steep ravines
And a slip on the smooth round stones
Will send you hurtling into
The abyss yawning on either side
But the climb is exhilarating and
The temple deity on the hill top stands
A mute spectator to the wishes
And dreams cradled on the
Overhanging boughs of the banyan.
Fulfilling?
Those who beat the path say
That the climb is worth it.

Note:
Ilanhi tree – Mimusops elengi commonly known as Medlar, Spanish cherry and bullet wood.

Vineetha Mekkoth
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About Vineetha

Poet, writer, translator, editor Based in India. Has published poems in various anthologies. Is on the translators panel of the Kerala Sahitya Academy. Her poems have been included in the Brian Wrixon anthologies 'Words on the Winds of Change' and 'Women of One World'. She has also coauthored a poem with Gaurangi Patel which has been included in the 'Duet Anthology' brought out by XpressPublications. She has been selected for the ICOP Critics Award for March 2015 and her poem 'Reflections' is on the list of Highly Commended poems for the month selected by Destiny Poets, UK. In April 2015 her poem was published on the blog 'Incredible Women of India'. In the same month, April 2015, her poem 'Ashtavakra' was chosen as the Poem of the Month by Destiny Poets' International Community of Poets. In July 2015 her poem 'Nightscape' was one of the Highly recommended poems by Destiny Poets. So too in October 2015 her poem, 'Peace Always' was in the list of Highly Recommended poems by ICOP. Has been co-editor of 'Umbilical Chords: An Anthology on Parents Remembered'. Her debut poetry collection, 'Ashtavakra and Other Poems' was published in August 2017 by Authorspress, New Delhi

10 thoughts on “Glass houses and a deity

  1. Reena Prasad

    A deep introspective write, one that collects fragments of sorrows and happy moments from the journey and then spreads them out later from the sack to make sense of a life, to get picture from the puzzle bits. To be reborn, some bits must die. Loved it esp. the giant ilanhi tree.

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  2. pramilakhadun

    Beautiful imagery and elegant use of words makes of this poem a superb one.The last line in mind blowing.

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