AUTHOR’S BIO

Exploring Sinhagad Fort, India. Photo Credit: Author

Pondering just before writing is a rush of a sensation.

There’s this energy brimming around my fingertips, completely excited. As though they have the words ready to come pouring out but are not quite there yet. …

The street that swallowed life and light © Venkataraman M

It was five o’clock — the evening shone earnestly, as if aware that hours later it would lose its glow. Pink and orange hues filled the cloudy sky; the silence in the air was suddenly cut by a sharp metal ping. …

Goodbye. © Venkataraman M

Prologue

A man from Earth slipped into a strange kingdom in the clouds.
Facing the fact that there was no way back, he slowly sank into depression.
He journaled his time there in an attempt to preserve his sanity.

These tattered log entries — tied together by a shoelace — were…

When these sparks will turn me to crisp, I do not know. In this hell, I live in constant vigilance. © Venkataraman M

Prologue:

A man from Earth, slipped into a strange kingdom in the clouds.
Facing the fact that there was no way back, he slowly sank into depression.
He journaled his time there in an attempt to preserve his sanity.

These tattered log entries — tied together by a shoelace — were…

25/09/2021. Location: Udupi, India. © Venkataraman M

Happiness courses through me,
I feel my eyes start to gleam.
Love bounds, calm yet unbridled,
my mind paints life in technicolor.

My heart pumps this mellow rhythm,
the sight of you soothes my soul.
Zen resonates, tuning in on a jazz number,
energy exudes with my every breath.

Gloomy…

Paused Hyperlpase © Venkataraman M

Prologue

A man from Earth, slipped into a strange kingdom in the clouds. Facing the fact that there was no way back, he slowly sank into depression.He journaled his time there in an attempt to preserve his sanity.These …

Breakfast tea. 20/09/2021. Location: Udupi, India. © Venkataraman M

Poured tea scalds, cups clink.
Taste of bliss comes with a price;
awkward slurps echo.

© Venkataraman Mahalingam

During the last week of Sep 2021, two of my best friends and I visited the coastal city of Udupi, India. One particular Monday, after a refreshing walk along the beach, we…

Poetry

Bright blue amidst bulbous white — Middle seat views. 12/09//2021. Location: In Air, India. © Venkataraman M

From lands, lush and green,
we mould the patchy blue skies.
Eyes sculpt wondrous shapes.

This haiku was written while travelling by air from Mumbai to Bangalore (India). Inspired by silent moments shared by the sky and our eyes.

© Venkataraman Mahalingam

Thank you, Dennett, for this platform.
Thank you, readers, for your valuable time.

My eyes hurt to see that beauty which I cannot experience © Venkataraman M

Prologue

A man from Earth slipped into a strange kingdom in the clouds.
Facing the fact that there was no way back, he slowly sank into depression.
He journaled his time there in an attempt to preserve his sanity.

These tattered log entries — tied together by a shoelace — were…

Poetry

‎⁨Nainital Lake⁩, ⁨Uttarakhand⁩, ⁨India.⁩ 24/05/2019 © Venkataraman M

Gentle winds rush through her hair — sunbeams light the lake.
Toes dipped in cold calm water — sounds still and serene.
Hurried pebbles skip then dive — quick kisses of love.
A boats rocks, water ripples — blue sky bobs and sways.

© Venkataraman Mahalingam

This piece is an attempt at an Imayo, a four-line Japanese poem that has twelve syllables in each line. There is a planned caesura (or pause) between the first seven syllables and the final five.

Written in response to the ongoing prompt of “uncommon poetic forms” by Somsubhra Banerjee. I invite my fellow poets to attempt this wonderful form.

Thank you Elisabeth Khan, Somsubhra Banerjee, Priyanka Srivastava, and Nachi Keta for the platform.
Thank you, readers, for your valuable time.

Venkataraman Mahalingam

I write to spark ideas, experiences and narratives floating about—Passionate about a good story, a fun plan & a fresh perspective—RE Bullet 500 is what I ride

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