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16 January, 2005

The Eternal Struggle

You look at me steadily
but your thoughts are galaxies away

and I struggle pathetically
with electric eels of feelings
that refuse to be bundled and strapped
for words make such brittle ropes.

You say love is a confusing emotion
and I shrug my shoulders philosophically,
how I wish the tongue muscles would finally
stop vibrating on their own -
isn't nearness enough?

If someone ever makes a bonfire of lexicons
I will be there, chucking my mind into it.

Flinging words against a torrent of words,
we keep trying to squeeze the juice
out of this desiccated fruit
of this lethargic relationship.

(c) Max Babi January 2005

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Blogger Pranay the Srinivasan said...

a bonfire of lexicons...

this poem sure underlines that fact that over communicating in a relationship can sometimes be detrimental to it... ???

but i could not understand the words:
If someone ever makes a bonfire of lexicons
I will be there, chucking my mind into it.

what i could understand was, "if someone decides to throw away word-chests, i shall throw my mind in, so i never have to search for an opportune word at an awkward time between me and my beau/.." would this be accurate?

utekkare,
pranay

17 January, 2005 18:23  
Blogger Max Babi said...

Hi Pranay,

Tks for the comment : what I meant was
the mind is full of words wriggling about
and at times all the deluge of words hardly
has a desired effect... so if someone decides
to set afire the lexicons, a symboic idea here,
I would like to throw the word-studded mind into
it. And start afresh.
Cheers !

18 January, 2005 14:01  
Blogger Dan Husain said...

words make such brittle ropes...waah waah..mazaa aa gaya captain..

18 January, 2005 16:07  
Blogger Max Babi said...

Hi Dan,
Yr words feel like a mentholated ointment
on fresh weals.
I am writing a poem now on 'words'.

cheers!

Max

18 January, 2005 21:48  
Blogger Jyotsna said...

Hi Max,
was browsing when i came by your poem
"words make such brittle ropes"--so true...

"You look at me steadily
but your thoughts are galaxies away"--so beautifully expressed.
would love to read more of your poetry

04 February, 2005 16:20  

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