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A collaboration over too much coffee.
coffee and pen

07 January, 2006

For Sale

touch these bones.
see how hollow they are?
they have weathered
many a painful storm
perfect for your use, sir!

see the skin?
so easy to peel, see?
it’s made of desires, that’s all.
just leave this one need
to be of use to you.
what more can you ask, sir!

take away the eyes, ears
they have seen enough
heard enough from others.
for you, i trim them, no problem.
and no extra charge, sir!

use the mouth though,
it needs your life-giving breath
to make wonderful tunes.
if you happy then i happy, sir!

they said you were looking
for a single piece of bamboo
to make yourself
a new flute, o Blue Sir!

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4 Comments:

Blogger suniti said...

Lovely ! Simply lovely !! The last lines are just wonderful :)

07 January, 2006 10:46  
Blogger david raphael israel said...

manisha--
the last line has particular macabre humor (suggesting the offer was accepted w/o ado). The surreal transaction is mysterious but painfully credible.

your sense for dark meanings continues to brighten us.

d.i.

21 January, 2006 15:54  
Blogger Rajendra Pradhan said...

Must visit the blog more often :)

28 January, 2006 02:07  
Blogger lowercase life said...

i'm disassembled by this. i even opened a ryze account a few minutes ago so that i could start a thread under "favorites - poetry" only to realize that i have no status to start such a movement.. alas. so i decided to commend you the old fashioned bloggie way. point is - someday i will do with words what you have done with them here. i hope.

06 February, 2006 12:39  

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