Shaleen Rakesh

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One

You operate by yourself<br>you arrive<br>flourish<br>entering and returning<br>by your-self<p>all the logic<br>you<br>you multiplied by another<br>you divided by another<br>remains …

Zero

You remain nowhere-<br>in here. you are. you are not.<br>you disappear/ it's no trick<p>is that your reality?<p>distance. nil. weight. none.<br>years go by<br>but you …

Red

There were flowers<br>with which you loved me<p>flowers that you said grew<br>by chance in the forest<p>your flowers wanted to take me<br>to that land where<br>the secret …

Black

It was all black<br>so we lit a candle<p>we placed it on the table<br>and sat by it quietly<p>for the wonderful joy<br>of watching the flame.<p>Posted by<p>Shaleen Rakesh …

White

In the middle of the orange<br>there was yellow<p>In the middle of the yellow<br>there was white<p>a white so pure<br>that it stands out<p>and it stands up<br>in a way<p>that …

The Earth

It seems the trees<br>and the fruits<br>keep a secret, and<p>by touching them<br>and eating them<p>they reveal stories and anecdotes<br>things we never knew<p>things you …

The Mountain

You must be something<br>of the nature of God<p>your daunting height<br>your power without hands,<br>or grip<p>generosity<br>without a purpose<p>beauty that<br>time won't destroy.<p>…

Aloof

It's somewhat easy<br>to enter your space<br>and be near you<p>you don't resist<br>you smile and accept it<br>but it's to scratch your surface<br>you remain lost to me<p>I am …

Paper Verses

Before you started<br>cutting paper into kites<p>I remember you often<br>returning to your notes<p>your homage to the future<br>shaking in the wind.<p>Posted by<p>Shaleen …

Rain

Rain<p>do you recognise it<br>from your past?<p>as your melted glacier?<br>your swollen sea?<p>coming down from her exile<br>up in the heavens<br>removed from her …

Close to me

There are moments<br>when you are<br>so intensely there<p>close to me<br>within me<br>even in your absence<p>that I drift into dreams<br>and fall asleep happily<p>with your soft …

Journeys

All you have<br>to cover yourself<br>is an orange burst in the sky<p>some clouds of white froth<br>shuffling in the wind<p>when you dream of much more<br>you dream more …

The Insider

You are inside<br>to escape your own noises<p>and hold in your depth<p>as much silence<br>as the earth<p>you give enough time<br>to study the sky<p>enough time<br>to watch it …

The Buddha/II

I entered with closed eyes<br>and thinning light<p>into silence<br>for silence<p>the silence<br>I created<br>within myself<p>I travelled far<br>expanding space<p>Into<p>the land of …

The Buddha/ I

I searched for a stream<br>with a soft voice<br>and broad shoulders<p>I drank from her shores<br>I dived right in<p>I rejoiced<br>dreaming, full<p>Ecstatic<p>I went down that …

Meg Wolitzer and The Interestings

Meg Wolitzer's latest novel, The Interestings, is both a coming-of-age and coming-of-middle-age story. Six teenagers meet at a performing arts camp …

Everywhere

In wheat stalks<br>that rise to the sky<p>and in lakes<br>that float into sleep<p>I live in pebbles<br>that study the ocean<p>and flowers<br>that dream of rain<p>I live<br>in …

Charmed

I've long admired the forest<br>been in awe<p>Charmed<p>It knows everything<br>It's seen the darkest hour<br>it doesn't have an address<br>it's got no heirs<br>and no bills to …

Relationship

You're the tree<br>I planted as a child, I wonder<p>what if you don't recognise me anymore<br>that I mean nothing<br>I am nothing<br>to you?<p>What if you don't …

White Noise

I am immersed<br>in sound<p>the volume goes on rising<br>like a climax<br>reaching higher<p>I know the next will be louder<br>when it resumes<p>to conquer<br>to reign, …

Kites

The sky<br>threw me a kite<br>flaming red<br>with no apparent claimant<p>It will be a long time<br>before I'm finished<br>with this kite<p>which refuses to tell me …

The grand design

Highways that grow into<br>the city's grand design<p>are a living symbol<br>of enterprise and ambition<p>presentations, meetings<br>structure, plans<p>emails, jpeg …

Faraway

Do you have<br>anything in common<br>with the future?<p>Is it like a fairy tale<br>which turns into a land of magic?<p>or does it seem like a heavy door<br>which refuses …

Forest

When I called out<br>to the forest<p>it only sent back a hollow sound<br>and some sleep<p>Incoherence<p>with the next day's sun<br>there was green<p>green everywhere<p>and I …

Thirst

The morning is like thirst<br>a huge empty sea<p>and time to dig up earth<p>time to act<br>to dig up the sea<p>to dream with the sea<br>to drink empty spaces<p>Posted …

Song

In time, there is nothing but you<br>the sea<br>nothing but waves<p>flaring up in blue<br>crashing into rocks<p>nothing but the fact<br>of your openness, your presence<br>your …

Untitled

He is a friend<br>who keeps calling<br>keeps you in sight<p>offers you comfort<br>and tells you stories<br>of a time<br>when your body loosens up<p>he summons you<br>in the …

Paris Review - Philip Levine, The Art of Poetry No. 39

Interviewed by Mona Simpson<p>Issue 107, Summer 1988<p>Photograph by Frances Levine<p>I was first introduced to Philip Levine through the mail in the summer of 1976. I was studying literature at Berkeley, and my friends and I, all college freshmen and sophomores, were ardent readers of Levine, W. S. Merwin, …

Literature

God

What we couldn't carve into stone<br>and stamp on paper<br>what doesn't move on grass<br>or wall, or in trees<p>that which is unsure<br>and forever changing<p>always …