Shaligram By Govind Ramakrishnan

Shaligram Aniconic symbol Black jewels of Gandaki Carved by Vajra-Keeta Dwelling place of Vishnu Eulogized by the Gods Fastidiously worshipped Garlanded by Tulsi leaves Hundred…

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Kingdom Of College By Govind Ramakrishnan

Kingdom Of College ‘The Swamp’ At school is Where Seniors rule, As the rest of us Subjects Patiently await Our turn To be Royals One…

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A Poet By Govind Ramakrishnan

A Poet Like a mother And her children, A poet Loves all her Poems just the same Each poem Simply An expression of The higher…

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Yoga By Govind Ramakrishnan

Yoga True yoga Is Tuning The externally focused Senses Inward Helping cease, The dance of emotions And thoughts Within the mind, To unearth A mountain…

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Paths By Govind Ramakrishnan

Paths Lonely moon Unlike you Many a trail awaits us As one avenue ends Another begins…. With life’s twist and turns Paths pivot too, Leading…

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Felt Within By Govind Ramakrishnan

Felt Within Waltzing Through thick Ice In twenty-five degrees Fahrenheit Gives most skaters A high Like a bird In the sky Skate loose And fancy…

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Reincarnation By Govind Ramakrishnan

Reincarnation ‘Twas the summer of ’42 Etched in memory The tyranny Of a fascist dictator Bearing an inverted swastika However, I wasn’t born Yet…. But…

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Transcendental By Govind Ramakrishnan

Transcendental Thou art An enigma Transcendental, Irrational, Non repetitive, And ever Infinite, Discerned through Euclidian geometry, Whilst cleverly hidden In a circle’s symmetry, You deliver…

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Making Hay By Govind Ramakrishnan

Making Hay Black lives, Do matter, But all lives are Precious Women’s rights Do matter, But all rights are Sacred The left curses the right,…

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Cross Town Bus By Govind Ramakrishnan

Cross Town Bus In this movie Called Cross-Town Bus, Are movies Within the movie Dreams and dilemmas Of Young and Old, Black and White, Male…

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Reward For The Pain By Govind Ramakrishnan

Reward For The Pain After eating this Delicious fondant, She runs laps Around the reservoir Shedding calories From chocolate, butter, Flour and sugar. Exhausted from…

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Her Subliminal Beauty By Govind Ramakrishnan

Her Subliminal Beauty Albeit  On canvas, Kali’s lidded eyes Protruding tongue  And multiple hands Bearing divine weapons Used to send shivers Down my spine That…

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Back Room Deals By Govind Ramakrishnan

Back Room Deals This side of the line, He’s a patriot, On the other side A spy Wanted for treason, As Governments Engage in secretive…

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Weeping Willow By Govind Ramakrishnan

Weeping Willow Weeping willow in Harlem, For whom do you shed these tears? Is it for the denizens who’ve been neglected for so long? Or…

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One Of A Kind By Govind Ramakrishnan

One Of A Kind Poets, Moody to the core With their finely tuned egos, Often flying solo Usually miserable Sometimes, larger than life Ever ready…

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Fervent Devotion By Govind Ramakrishnan

Fervent Devotion Amidst  The incantation Of esoteric mantras Each deity At home is Meticulously bathed  With milk and honey, Then dressed in  Silk garments  And…

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Premature By Govind Ramakrishnan

Premature Sensing An early spring, You break water Coming into this world, Premature Magnolias in bloom! Heart wrenching Though, That thermometers Will go, Yet again…

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The Five Elements (Senryu Series) By Govind Ramakrishnan

The Five Elements (Senryu Series) Earth It’s terra firma Home to homo sapiens Life as we know it Water It can get you wet Hydrogen…

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Mahadev By Govind Ramakrishnan

Mahadev He For whom All objects in this universe Are merely a projection Of pure consciousness, Who willingly consumes The poison of human desires, And…

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Cosmic Couple (Palindrome) By Govind Ramakrishnan

Cosmic Couple (Palindrome) Shiva and Shakti Dancing in union Spirit and matter Primordially paired… – – – – – – – – – – –…

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Rest In Peace By Govind Ramakrishnan

Rest In Peace May the soul Of Antonin Scalia Rest in Peace For his yeoman service To our great country Conservative extraordinaire Who espoused The…

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Global Warming By Govind Ramakrishnan

Global Warming Ever tuned-in To a conch? Sounds therein Contain the vast ocean And beyond A gentle mantra Reverberating, Like the primal sound Of the…

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A Gentle Reminder By Govind Ramakrishnan

A Gentle Reminder For the River of Chi To flow free, Each needle With surgical precision Is placed on Strategic acupoints Restoring Needed balance, To…

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Warm Welcome! By Govind Ramakrishnan

Warm Welcome! Pending Further notice, Maternity wards World-wide, Will stay open on February 29th 2016 Giving babies Who want to celebrate A birthday, Once, Every…

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Pick Love By Govind Ramakrishnan

Pick Love Pick Love Every day Not just today And call that Valentine’s Day It needs No chocolates Flowers Hallmark’s Or teddy bears Valentine Is…

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Echo By Govind Ramakrishnan

Echo Bearing Hera’s curse She could only Repeat The last words That she’d just heard As Narcissus’ rejection, Becomes The final nail In her coffin,…

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Politics U.S.A. By Govind Ramakrishnan

Politics U.S.A. In the land of Oz Even a court jester Can become king One day…. From Pocahontas To Reality TV stars All welcome: At…

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Teen Burden By Govind Ramakrishnan

Teen Burden Carrying Close to twenty pounds This 600-denier polyester Back pack Symbolizes Teen burden, Numbing pain Dealt To the shoulders Of each girl and…

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Magical Hymn By Govind Ramakrishnan

Magical Hymn At three in the morning, Three thousand feet Above sea level, The air is crisp And His devotees focused, As the pious priests…

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Burglar Of Hearts By Govind Ramakrishnan

Burglar Of Hearts My blue lord Is no Butter thief But A burglar of hearts Beware His Stealth-like Invasion Once let in He pervades Every…

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Ted Rubio Or Marco Cruz By Govind Ramakrishnan

Ted Rubio Or Marco Cruz At this stage Either Ted Rubio or Marco Cruz Could be The GOP nominee Both policy inexperienced One-time Senators Who…

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Garland Of Odes By Govind Ramakrishnan

Garland Of Odes Fellow poets Are compatriots Seldom competitors Who provide needed inspiration To dig deeply within One’s own poetic well Helping divine The next…

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A Piano Maestro By Govind Ramakrishnan

A Piano Maestro His Magic fingers Effortlessly Run through These ebony and ivory keys Producing each time A melody so unique A maestro Endowed with…

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Vows So Sacred By Govind Ramakrishnan

Vows So Sacred Hand in hand They walked Into the park, Lovers In many Lifetimes past Married for the Next seven lives Using An ancient…

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One Bilva Leaf By Govind Ramakrishnan

One Bilva Leaf He For whom A garland of roses And A garland of snakes Are one and the same Who is smaller than The…

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Each Time By Govind Ramakrishnan

Each Time Lighting up Lives and Rooms We burn slowly Melting wax away Each time Creating That Perfect ambience Just simple wicks Lodged In temporary…

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Pool Of Tranquility By Govind Ramakrishnan

Pool Of Tranquility I stand on Meditation’s Diving board Ready to plunge Into The pool of tranquility Its crystal-clear waters Reflecting like a mirror The…

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Tax Day By Govind Ramakrishnan

Tax Day The more you make The more they take… So for God’s sake Let’s all forsake, For a few days Work As we know…

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Life Or Death By Govind Ramakrishnan

Life Or Death As the phone rang His head was throbbing Heart palpitating Beads of perspiration rolled Down his chiseled face This call meant life…

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Cup Of Ambition By Govind Ramakrishnan

Cup Of Ambition Torrential rain Cleanses This sin city Washing away Urban muck, As sterile sidewalks Now Mirror-like Reflect Its driven denizens Who strut on…

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Quality Not Quantity By Govind Ramakrishnan

Quality Not Quantity Don’t run The rat race Of Poetry Writing poems Is About Quality Not Quantity Too many You dilute feeling, Too few You…

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Fragile By Govind Ramakrishnan

Fragile Delicate Handle with care, Bulls Not permitted In this china shop, Here Real hearts are exchanged, Not porcelain ones Which bear the tag ‘Made…

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To Favor The Plutocrats By Govind Ramakrishnan

To Favor The Plutocrats The American dream is dead Ruthlessly annihilated By the political class To favor the plutocrats…. Laws are for the masses Not…

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Zeros And Ones By Govind Ramakrishnan

Zeros And Ones Here, Newton’s Apple May Never fall To the ground Objects fly close To the speed of light, And criminals Sitting miles away,…

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New York By Govind Ramakrishnan

New York From this point In man-made Central Park, The magnificent skyline Offers a stark Souvenir of human potential An aspiration city Attracting Amazing diversity…

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Durga By Govind Ramakrishnan

Durga I bow To the supreme goddess, Whose primordial nature Is dark energy, Invisible to the naked eye Sole unifying principle Behind four cosmic forces,…

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Poemhunter By Govind Ramakrishnan

Poemhunter Poems, Upon birth Become orphans, Abandoned For the next child Wandering The crowded halls Of PoemHunter, Seeking Adoption To these Forsaken children: I extend…

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Sure To Be A Star By Govind Ramakrishnan

Sure To Be A Star Hurdle after hurdle She climbed, Writing off Her nay sayers With grit and tenacity Assembling With great care The Rubik’s…

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Luftfahrtforschungsanstalt By Govind Ramakrishnan

Luftfahrtforschungsanstalt Every time I say Luftfahrtforschungsanstalt I think ‘Lift-fart-before-the-song-shall-start’ In Volkenrode, Germany, That word tells A different tale: A top secret Aeronautical research facility Perfectly…

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Carpe Diem By Govind Ramakrishnan

Carpe Diem As the sun heads south Go to the beach Swim in the ocean Build big sand castles Cos summer and its shadow Will…

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Puberty’s Onslaught By Govind Ramakrishnan

Puberty’s Onslaught The comforting scent Of this silky talc Takes me back To childhood A dusting of Johnson’s powder, Core defense For a pre-teen Against…

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From Thy Navel By Govind Ramakrishnan

From Thy Navel The cobalt Waters Of the Caribbean Pale In splendor To my Blue lord of Vrindavan Do the artists Who portray Your turquoise…

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Time Is Money By Govind Ramakrishnan

Time Is Money Not as intense As JFK, Or sterile As Newark, There’s something special About La Guardia A homey feel To an antiquated airport,…

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Vishnu’s Maya By Govind Ramakrishnan

Vishnu’s Maya Another summer gone Three-fourths of the year over Time no longer creeps Sprints instead Quest for purpose continues Desires build Ask the sage…

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My Self By Govind Ramakrishnan

My Self As I offer Water to the Gods and planets Meditating on Mantras of yore; I marvel At the Sages, Who conceived A prayer…

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Dreams By Govind Ramakrishnan

Dreams Images Thoughts Even sensations Mind contemplates possibilities While asleep or awake Often during the day Now you see it, now you don’t Whilst some…

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Modern Requiem By Govind Ramakrishnan

Modern Requiem She had a dream! A dream In which She heard these ringing words: ‘With this wedding ring I and thee dead’ Was it…

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Snakes And Ladders By Govind Ramakrishnan

Snakes And Ladders Every time I get devoured By Takshaka, A gargantuan serpent In this whimsical Game of chance, I smile… Tickled pink By the…

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Less Greener Pastures By Govind Ramakrishnan

Less Greener Pastures Today might be the day Where this blustery autumn wind carries with it The sun soaked but tired leaves of yesteryear Altering…

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Bridges By Govind Ramakrishnan

Bridges Bridges Help bridge Spaces Which often have Divides A coming together Of sorts, Made possible by A selfless act Of connecting Two disconnected objects,…

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