we chase
that burn us
inside out,

not good
for the soul
that needs liberation
from their sway,

and yet
my mirror shows
no soul,

just a reflection
of you
in both pairs
of eyes,

and I smile
as the devil
rules all eyes,

burning the soul
with the fire
of the desire
flaming inside.

© vidursahdev 2019


Matters of the Heart

The prognosis,
had often
been discussed,

but the diagnosis,
had yet
to be done,

so he set sail
on a journey
unlike ever before,

to course
the flowing rivers,

of the pulsating
and gushing
red within,

And so,
the veined channels
he traversed them all,

he reached
the arterial core,

where he saw
what made him
happily smile,

for the clinical check
had said ‘her’
he had forgotten,

but his own
undisputedly revealed,

The malaise
was not just
a figment of imagination,

but the ‘her’ they had
so convenietly

had already spread
far beyond

from the closeted
of his beating heart,

into every cell of red
that it
involuntarily pumped.

© vidursahdev 2019

Dying Art

If you can’t
read it
in my eyes,

even the best poetry
that i borrow
and recite,

will fall flat
and scatter
like a splattered egg,

And i wouldn’t do
such a dishonour
to them,

who without
even knowing
my existence,

said all that
which i
can’t even paraphrase,

For words
were never really
my forte,

and the language
of the eyes
is no longer,

respectfully read
or practiced.

© vidursahdev 2019

Catch me, if you want to

Har kadam pe
kuchh kum ho raha tha
yeh toh humein bhi
ahsaas tha,

zindagi to aage
badh hi rahi thi,
aage badhne ka waqt
kum ho raha tha,

zikr kiya
khud hi se iss ka,
aur to koi
aas paas na tha,

ruk toh jaate
tere intezaar mein,
par swaal hi khud ka
jawaab tha.

English version:

At every step
there was a vague awareness
of leaving something
of value behind,

life was moving further,
but with a tingling feeling,
that the time ahead
was getting shorter,

I pondered on the thought
all by myself,
for there was no one else around
to share it with aloud,

I could have stopped,
waited for you to come,
but the answer was obvious
in the question itself.

© vidursahdev 2019