poem: Tanka by R. K. Singh

1. Awaiting the wave
that’ll wash away empty hours
and endless longing
in this dead silence at sea
I pull down chunks of sky

2. Hanging pictures
in bedroom and livingroom
the young couple
please each other’s eyes leaving
box of books for downstairs den

3. Digging sand
with her little toes
the toddler
in thin sun awaits
her mom from the sea

4. At the sea-front
indrawn with Buddha’s image
in padmasana
eyes half-closed, meditating
his eyes not yet opened

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