Summer - A Tapestry Poem

Published by: Shernaz & Raamesh Tapestry Poems on 11th Jun 2016 | View all blogs by Shernaz & Raamesh Tapestry Poems

 

Summer- Raamesh G. Raghavan

 

This summer I made a bonfire of my loves.

Beneath the pregnant clouds and still air

Of the sweltering nights, as the breeze died,

My remembrances of us together - yellow

Like the oleander, thespesia and laburnum -

I let them burn, and lend themselves to the ash.

They scatter as the rising wind whistles, playing

Chinese whispers with the fresh-leaved trees;

The dust has a new smell: rain at last, rain at last!

 

 

Summer – Shernaz Wadia

 

ferocious heat scorches villages  

the debris of funeral rites

and cadavers adorn river beds;

parched throats vie with the aridity

of cracked earth and barren fields

Ah! the murderous inclemency

fuelled by man’s rapaciousness!

Aircons buzz, fans whine in urban homes

And water runs wastefully from taps

 

 

Summer -Tapestry

 

This summer, as aircons buzz and fans

whine, the dust has a new smell: of

cracked earth, barren fields and

cadavers in the still air of sweltering

nights; parched throats vie with the

aridity of ferocious heat; the murderous 

 

inclemency — fuelled by man’s rapaciousness — 

even though water runs wastefully

from taps in urban homes!

My remembrances of us

together scorched me; in the dying breeze

I made a bonfire of my loves, I let them

 

burn with the yellow-leaved oleander,

thespesia and laburnum that adorn river

beds; They lend themselves to the ash like

debris of funeral rites. And scatter as the

rising wind whistles, playing Chinese

whispers: Rain at last; Ah! Rain at last!

 

 

Comments

8 Comments

  • Pankajam
    by Pankajam 1 year ago
    Both the individual poems and the tapestry stand on their own. The blending is smooth, without frills or fringes. I notice the change in the co-author. Wishing the new combination all the very best.
  • Rajeev
    by Rajeev 1 year ago
    Lovely to read another tapestry with another combination of poets....
  • Shernaz & Raamesh Tapestry Poems
    Thank you, Pankajam for your valuable response. The co-author hasn't really changed in the sense that i still write with Avril also. Recently she was very busy and now she is on a holiday. So I will continue to write with both Avril and Raamesh.
  • Shernaz & Raamesh Tapestry Poems
    Grateful for your attention, Rajeev. We hope to keep bringing you good tapestry poems as and when time allows.
  • Paddy
    by Paddy 1 year ago
    A warm welcome to RML, Shernaz & Raamesh Tapestry Poems! It is truly amazing that the two individual poems that have provided two different views of summer - one on love and the other on the ill-effects of summer heat - have been so seamlessly interwoven into a Tapestry presenting a brand new perspective by this brand new partnership of our dear Shernaz and Multilingual Poet Raamesh Gowri Raghavan (till last heard, he writes poetry in eleven Indian and foreign languages!!!). Friends, we are all familiar with Shernaz's poetry and Tapestry collaborations with our dear friend Avril Meallem. Let's raise a toast to this new partnership. In the coming days, we will be eagerly looking forward to more Tapestry poems from both the sets of collaborators.
  • Shernaz & Raamesh Tapestry Poems
    Thank you so much Paddy, for this warm welcome to a new partnership. It feels good to know from the feedback received that this tapestry has worked well. Sure, both sets of collaborators will post poems here as and when we can. The warm and encouraging responses here will goad us to try and be more regular. Thanks once again.
  • Saf
    by Saf 1 year ago
    I love how the two very different views of summer fuse in the tapestry. Beautifully seamless, breathless flow.....enjoyed reading a tapestry after a long time....Thanks Shernaz and Raamesh.
  • Shernaz & Raamesh Tapestry Poems
    Thank you, Saf for your comments!
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