Tuesday, June 22, 2010

paint a picture of love in a forest

paint a picture
of love in a forest.

wind tearing at trees
rain lashing the earth
through this the sound
of the *damaru's beat

his arms cut through rain 
his feet strikes rocks and breaks branches
the pulse in his neck throbs in time 
to the damaru's beat

her body bent back taut like a bow
against the peepal tree
her hands cover her ears
to dim the sound of the damaru's beat

his dance is frenzied
her whispers a delirious chant
her womb shudders and yawns 
woken by the damaru's beat

in the silence
the damaru arcs up and away 
carried it seemed
by the lone peacock's cry

© 2010 Padmavani Karkera

*Damaru is a drum shaped like an hourglass. The sound of the Damaru is considered to be the sound that originates creation. The body of this drum was traditionally made of two human skulls or wood and the drum head is made of leather. The tops of the skulls are cut off and attached together back to back. And the leather is stretched over the open ends. A string with beads attached to the ends is tied around the middle of the drum. The drummer twists the drum left and right with flicks of his wrists and the sound is made by the beads striking the leather drum heads. 


  1. What a passionate and soulful piece! It's provocative and the descriptions are wonderful. Great write!

  2. vivid, tribal and puts you right there...great verse...it was a delight to read

  3. Fitting to end such a poem of sound and sensory image with the ear-splitting, soul disturbing cry of a peacock. Just excellent writing. A fine piece.

  4. Dear Padmavani

    Very evocative images here.. and I could see it all happening here... lovely...

    ॐ नमः शिवाय
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  5. Wow..wow...AND WOW!!! That was so passionate and intense, Padmavani...

    I could hear it all too clearly... Fantastic!!

  6. Ami, Brian, hedgewitch, Shashi and Kavitha thank you so much for dropping by and saying such nice things about this poem... Glad I could communicate.

  7. Hi there,
    Your poems are growing by leaps and bounds. I love your mastery of descriptions and your poignant subjects and wording. I think you're getting ready for publication. Have sent out poems to online networks and/or literary journals? Your poems are unique.

  8. Hello jevans-campbell
    Thank you for dropping by and letting me know. No I haven't sent out poems for publication. Maybe, someday... :)


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