Keki Daruwalla
Wolf by Keki Daruwalla

Wolf by Keki Daruwalla

Fire-lithalf silhouette and half myththe wolf circles my pasttreading the leaves into a bedtill he sleeps, black snouton extended paws.Black snout on sulphur bodyhe nudged his ...

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Migrations by Keki Daruwalla

Migrations by Keki Daruwalla

Migrations are always difficult: ask any drought, any plague; ask the year 1947. Ask the chronicles themselves: if there had been no migrationswould there have been enough history ...

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Bars by Keki Daruwalla

Bars by Keki Daruwalla

If you want a cage, my dearyou do not have to travel far. If you want to feel hemmed in, you'll be hemmed in. Look for scars you'll be full of scars. Even light can turn into a ...

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Al-Azhar Lecture by Keki Daruwalla

Al-Azhar Lecture by Keki Daruwalla

They are naive, those who suggestthat the fortunes of the rulerand the ruled go hand in hand. Take the plague of 1350, which traveled like a caravanfrom China across the Pamirsto ...

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Underwater Notes by Keki Daruwalla

Underwater Notes by Keki Daruwalla

(On revisiting a dream) I am alone in the house. It is warm but I feel cold. The doors swing open across the years. For someone who has ...

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Wolf by Keki Daruwalla

Wolf by Keki Daruwalla

Fire-lithalf silhouette and half myththe wolf circles my pasttreading the leaves into a bedtill he sleeps, black snouton extended paws.Black snout on sulphur bodyhe nudged his ...

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A Take-Off On A Passing Remark by Keki Daruwalla

A Take-Off On A Passing Remark by Keki Daruwalla

Tall buildings impress methe ones which cut off half the sky.I like tall stories, even though false;not the half-truth sleeping with the half-lie.I want things on a large ...

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Notes From The Underground by Keki Daruwalla

Notes From The Underground by Keki Daruwalla

The wind is cold and the wind burns. The wind is cold and the wind is acid. On the Bar counter ice and amber swirlin thick gleaming glasses; in the Bar the ash of small talk, the ...

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Sappho To Aphrodite by Keki Daruwalla

Sappho To Aphrodite by Keki Daruwalla

Long and lonely are my nights. Come help me Goddess, end my blight; her absence burns me, burns my sideswith love intense. Aphrodite, hail or sleet, I implore you to come down ...

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Suddenly The Tree by Keki Daruwalla

Suddenly The Tree by Keki Daruwalla

The hive slept like Argusits thousand eyes covered with bees.The light as it fell through the neem treewas a marine light, in whichyellow moths set sailfrom one perforated shadow ...

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Before The Word by Keki Daruwalla

Before The Word by Keki Daruwalla

Corn is great, on the cob or otherwise, but before corn in the ear there was life. Fire is holy especially for Zoroastrians, but before fire too there was life. Before the ...

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Map-Maker by Keki Daruwalla

Map-Maker by Keki Daruwalla

Perhaps I'll wake up on some alien shoreIn the shimmer of an aluminium dawn, to find the sea talking to itselfand rummaging among the lines I've drawn; looking for something, a ...

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Fish by Keki Daruwalla

Fish by Keki Daruwalla

The sea came in with her and her curved snoutand her tin coloured barnaclesand long threaded rose molespatterned on her body. The sea brought her and her curved snoutand her rose ...

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Alexander Crosses The Hellespont by Keki Daruwalla

Alexander Crosses The Hellespont by Keki Daruwalla

He was a little tentativewhen it came to the East. Its ways were quite insidiousand odd to say the least. His experience was unhappy: His first stop had been Cairowhere he had ...

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The Poseidonians by Keki Daruwalla

The Poseidonians by Keki Daruwalla

(After Cavafy) the Poseidonians in the Tyrrhenian Gulf, who although of Greek origin, became barbarized as Tyrrhenians or Romans and ...

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