Week 3, October 2023
Think of Iago
by Amita Sarjit Ahluwalia, 16th October, 2023
Think of Iago and his motiveless malignity
It fills him and gives meaning to his life
It goads him to action, however dreadful
It ties him to the daily beauty of a life
That shows his own as ugly
Yes, jealousy does colour his pure hatred
But he hates good simply because it’s good
And he is evil.
That’s the very devil.
Hate is his Fate
But Hate keeps him alive.
Others around him are murdered or commit suicide
But he remains alive even when wounded
And has to be executed.
Hate is a force, and to deny it is foolish.
Hate is a huge motivator.
It takes good people a long time to understand this
For they tend to believe in the power of Love
And that is not wrong
But it can make them oblivious to or unbelieving of
the power of Hate.
Hate may spring from weakness and end in nothingness
But while it lives, it can be a formidable force
And it is not easy to fight and eliminate
For Hate of course cannot be killed with Hate
It also cannot be killed with innocence or simplicity
It needs patience and it needs ingenuity.
Fortunately, Love has both, in plenty
But only if it is true, lasting and mature
Young and impetuous Love is often no match
For Ancient Hatred.
Old Nick is wily
As was the Serpent.
by Vijay Prasad, 17th October 2023
on her lips
an oversize smile
beneath her surface an unfamiliar landscape
during the commercial break her promises
thereafter her body begins to claim its boundaries
inside the love her lingual ways
By Geeta Varma, 18th October 2023
the gushing waves
breaking all barriers
seeped in through cracks
of the crumbling wall.
a gentle trickle of tears
replaced words, actions,
carrying them away
into the depths of the ocean
What shore welcomed them?
Or, are they lost forever?!
No one knows.
Love And Hate
By Amita Sarjit Ahluwalia 19th October 2023
It is so easy to hate someone or something
It is so hard to love
Hatred is really as simple as labelling
Love you must prove
I say ‘I hate you’ and I walk away
It’s simple and quick
I say ‘I love you’ and I have to stay
These three words stick
I hate cockroaches and I simply kill them
No questions asked
I love my cats, make commitments, fulfil them
I’ve multi- tasked.
When I hear a Plane
By Jan Stretch , 20th October 2023
when I hear a plane
I wonder who is on it
and where it’s going…
perhaps an exotic land
with warm white beaches
when I hear a plane — I wish
that I was on it
flying away to explore
an unknown city
through culture, arts and music
when I hear a plane
I see the children’s faces
huddled in a damp cellar
praying that the bombing stops
Biographies of Poets
Amita Paul is one of the various pen names used by Punjab-born, Patna-based, retired Indian bureaucrat Amita Sarjit Ahluwalia . She enjoys writing in different genres, in English, Urdu, Hindi and Punjabi .Her writings are imaginative and humane, with occasional flashes of wit and frequent touches of wry humour.
Vijay Prasad is a poet from Patna, India. He is disappointingly interested in life. He has a passion for haiku, language, philosophy, and so on ... He is published in Bones, Under the Basho, tinywords, Failed Haiku, The Mumba Journal, Haiku Dialogue, Prune Juice, among others.
Geeta Varma is a poet based in Chennai. She has worked as a teacher and freelance journalist for some time. She has to her credit two books of poems and is a regular contributor to a few online magazines. She lives in Neelankarai with her husband Shreekumar Varma and has two sons, Vinayak married to Yamini, and Karthik.
Jan Stretch is a retired psychiatric nurse-therapist from Victoria BC Canada. She enjoys her large extended family, especially her two grandchildren and returned to thoughts of poetry on her daily walks during Covid. Jan was first published in the Dear Vaccine Anthology in 2022 and has since been published in numerous international journals, podcasts and anthologies. She especially loves writing Japanese short form and Cherita although is occasionally inspired to write longer poems. She is currently an administrator on Haiku Moments Facebook group. Insights gained from her years as a therapist and her nature walks continue to inform her poetry.