Corona and Companionship

 Devastated. Contained. Tiny home—a fortress.
An inmate confined within the walls!
The man, bored, watches the road from his Mumbai apartment in the morning;
reads poetry online; watches movies on the TV, then dozes off, to the tunes of a
guitar being played by

his teenage daughter, post-lunch; sits in the narrow balcony full of old papers,
notebooks and discarded items, and, few potted plants to give a semblance of
greenery, in that concrete monstrosity,
and a furry companion drops in silently!

The cat that sprang out of a Murakami novel and refuses to vacate the middle-class
household, always following him and kids, like a lost friend, reunited. He has
begun liking the cat, often curled up at his feet, and this Camus- quote pops up
magically, as a Karmic message for the taciturn manager to feel and be stirred:
…all one craves for is a loved face, the warmth and wonder of a loving heart.

Crows, Fear and Nature

Everywhere this morning,

the black visitors

from the heavens


in large numbers



on the bare streets

the murder of the crows

evokes dark fears

in the hearts of the locked-in citizens:

Why so many?

What kind of omen?

The crows continue to soar, descend,

drop, rise up

A bunch of feathery kids—enjoying the silent streets, playing.

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