Here are two poems of Shalini in Different Truths. In the first poem, Fastest Chariot, we see the universal self of the poet emerge, a kind and compassionate being, who does not discriminate between high and low. The second poem, Life Sea, a simple love poem transcends into the immensity of the life sea.
Take me to the high hills and the low seas
Take me to the sky-scrappers and huts
Take me to the terrorists and soldiers
Take me wherever you go,
to the newborns and the dying
a person calls me, can you hear the cry
He is choking, dying of suffocation, maybe
Take me to him soon, I can’t see him die
Entering his lungs, I would rejuvenate him
From the clasps of death, I will relieve him
I am the hidden jewel of air, the most precious
Take me to every living being of the world
I would energize every cell, driving away fatigue
You are the fastest chariot, you enter where light hesitates
Could you see me beyond the murk, the polluted world?
I found you from your song, come to me my dear
I will take you to wherever you wish, get into my chariot
I will pick you up from the trees and spread you all over
Come with me, let’s go on our never ending journey.
We walked on the beach sand
the groundnut fried, tested our appetite
moving aside our thoughts
we look into the sea
we wonder is this life
should we sail on it
or get sunk in its depth
which way to choose
our desire or the vast challenge life
tasting the fried groundnut
we walked towards Life Sea.
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