Govind Ramakrishnan

Shaligram By Govind Ramakrishnan

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 fifty million years old Hits: 2 »

Kingdom Of College By Govind Ramakrishnan

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 day Enjoying That Privilege For a year, Before Being relegated to The status of Minions Yet again, In the larger Kingdom of college Hits: 2 »

A Poet By Govind Ramakrishnan

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 self Where gradations Of love Become impossible To discern After all, A left eye Cannot be More important Than the right one Hits: 2 »

Yoga By Govind Ramakrishnan

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 of calm Hits: 2 »

Paths By Govind Ramakrishnan

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 in directions Anew Heart races with excitement! Hits: 3 »

Felt Within By Govind Ramakrishnan

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 free As Each graceful twist and turn On the rink Warms you to the bone From the heat of the joy Felt within Hits: 3 »

Reincarnation By Govind Ramakrishnan

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 a synchronous me Lived back then Persecuted and forced to flee! Today, age sixteen, I wonder: Is it a dream Or is it reality?... »

Transcendental By Govind Ramakrishnan

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 A number high, Making mathematicians Long for a slice of Pi Hits: 2 »

Making Hay By Govind Ramakrishnan

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, The right damns the left, Media fuels This fire, As politicians Smoke their Expensive cigars, Quietly Making hay Hits: 3 »

Cross Town Bus By Govind Ramakrishnan

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 and Female, Played out In the IMAX screens Of passengers’ faces Each Flick eligible for An Oscar, Showcasing The magic and power in The common folk’... »

Reward For The Pain By Govind Ramakrishnan

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 the run, She returns to the freezer Seeking solace In a tub of Ben and Jerry’s, Reward For the pain Inflicted On her legs By thi... »

Her Subliminal Beauty By Govind Ramakrishnan

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 was then… With passage of time And new-found perspective, I’ve unearthed  her subliminal beauty. Her meditative eyes  Now... »

Back Room Deals By Govind Ramakrishnan

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 Back room deals, Overlooking ruthless deeds Desperate to get To a compromise, Ah! The power of diplomacy. Hits: 2 »

Weeping Willow By Govind Ramakrishnan

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 The sterile visitors who remain unmoved by such blatant inequality Hits: 4 »

One Of A Kind By Govind Ramakrishnan

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 to embrace That next poetic moment Hits: 2 »

Fervent Devotion By Govind Ramakrishnan

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 finally offered A platter of fruits  And flowers. This is no ordinary ritual But a Selfless act Of fervent devotion Which Intensifies  A se... »

Premature By Govind Ramakrishnan

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 Below zero No incubators To hold you in For Just a little longer Hits: 2 »

The Five Elements (Senryu Series) By Govind Ramakrishnan

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 and oxygen Need it when thirsty Fire Touch it and you burn Fueled by natural gas Needed to cremate Air It needs to be pure Run out of it; you are dead Best when in... »

Mahadev By Govind Ramakrishnan

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 grants each true seeker The elixir of immortality, I offer one bilva leaf With all my love…. Hits: 1 »

Cosmic Couple (Palindrome) By Govind Ramakrishnan

Cosmic Couple (Palindrome) By Govind Ramakrishnan

Cosmic Couple (Palindrome) Shiva and Shakti Dancing in union Spirit and matter Primordially paired… – – – – – – – – – – – Paired primordially… Matter and spirit Union in dancing Shakti and Shiva Hits: 12 »

Rest In Peace By Govind Ramakrishnan

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 notion of fair Whilst his death Will certainly be mourned, It’s worth Pointing to the media That yesterday Was not the day Justice died, Just a go... »

Global Warming By Govind Ramakrishnan

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 cosmos Seaweeds Whistling off sharks, Waves cracking against rocks And shoal of fish Holding a conference On a topic Dear To their hearts: GLOBAL WARM... »

A Gentle Reminder By Govind Ramakrishnan

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 a body Assaulted by Pollen-missiles Launched From an otherwise Friendly park Lying in bed Each prick A gentle reminder, That life is Seldom A bed of ... »

Warm Welcome! By Govind Ramakrishnan

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 four years A warm welcome! Kids born That day Will turn twenty-five, A Hundred years From now As time Just Gallops away For the rest Hits... »

Pick Love By Govind Ramakrishnan

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 simply A feeling Of doing for everyone What you would Do for yourself Every plant, Animal and Human Not just today, But Everyday Hits: 3 »

Echo By Govind Ramakrishnan

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, Embracing Death She leaves her Own voice behind Echo! My heart is with you! Shunned by love You remain Immortal As the hidden mirror o... »

Politics U.S.A. By Govind Ramakrishnan

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 this Equal opportunity employer Called Politics USA Hits: 2 »

Teen Burden By Govind Ramakrishnan

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 boy Headed to high school Snapping this contraption On their back, Unsure of what Would wear out First, The school bag Or their tender shoulder... »

Magical Hymn By Govind Ramakrishnan

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 Sing this Magical hymn To wake up The Blue Lord of Tirumala Just Another day Where Millions flock, To get a glimpse of His majestic beauty Hits: 3 »

Burglar Of Hearts By Govind Ramakrishnan

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 pore Within Only to make You dance To the lilting tunes Of his Magical flute Hits: 2 »

Ted Rubio Or Marco Cruz By Govind Ramakrishnan

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 appear seemingly Interchangeable Quick to twist facts, And rapidly morphing From an issues perspective Into the same person, Confusing donors and voters Alike... »

Garland Of Odes By Govind Ramakrishnan

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 garland of odes Hits: 3 »

A Piano Maestro By Govind Ramakrishnan

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 The celestial gift of A perfect pitch, Instantly replaying Any tune heard To near perfection With a passion So distinct To his profession. Hits: 2 »

Vows So Sacred By Govind Ramakrishnan

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 ritual Of walking Seven sacred steps Around a fire Witnessed by the Gods Taking Vows So sacred Which Bind them Together Through Good and bad times Hits: 4 »

One Bilva Leaf By Govind Ramakrishnan

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 atom, And larger than The universe, I offer One bilva leaf, With All my love Hits: 1 »

Each Time By Govind Ramakrishnan

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 housing Noticed by none, Always On standby To burn at your whim, Ready to embrace A quick death Hits: 1 »

Pool Of Tranquility By Govind Ramakrishnan

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 supreme truth That I Just am Hits: 2 »

Tax Day By Govind Ramakrishnan

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 it, And make a pledge To go on holiday Starting today Hits: 2 »

Life Or Death By Govind Ramakrishnan

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 or death Then it finally came: Phew! A river of relief…… His professor had found his final exam Hits: 1 »

Cup Of Ambition By Govind Ramakrishnan

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 it Their dreams However, Untouched By rain or shine, Ready to do battle, Eking out The next wish list, Armed with a Cup of Ambition: Starbucks... »

Quality Not Quantity By Govind Ramakrishnan

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 feel diluted Taking each one As it comes, Only as many As the heart strums Hits: 6 »

Fragile By Govind Ramakrishnan

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 in China’ Hits: 6 »

To Favor The Plutocrats By Govind Ramakrishnan

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 for society’s elite Who get to bend the laws With the depth of their wallet And the size of their Rolodex Hits: 2 »

Zeros And Ones By Govind Ramakrishnan

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, Disrupt Common lives Never To be caught Chiseled Out of Zeros And Ones, This digital world, Now Waltzes its way To 5-G, One-G For Each of Our senses Hits:... »

New York By Govind Ramakrishnan

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 Down to its roots, Making those Who step here Feel like Pieces of a jig-saw, Fusing to form A unique melting pot This My home-town New... »

Durga By Govind Ramakrishnan

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, Her outgoing breath The cosmological constant Which causes this universe To ever expand Hits: 5 »

Poemhunter By Govind Ramakrishnan

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 my arms in embrace Hits: 7 »

Sure To Be A Star By Govind Ramakrishnan

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 cube Of her own life, Looking More and more Self assured As each day passes, Standing on her Own two feet, Proudly bearing A stamp Of a Master’s deg... »

Luftfahrtforschungsanstalt By Govind Ramakrishnan

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 camouflaged During world war, Instrumental In developing ... »

Carpe Diem By Govind Ramakrishnan

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 soon be erased by time Like words written On sandy beaches Hits: 2 »

Puberty’s Onslaught By Govind Ramakrishnan

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 The brutal attacks Of body odor Now A more elaborate Arsenal needed To wage war, Ever since Puberty’s onslaught Hits: 8 »

From Thy Navel By Govind Ramakrishnan

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 complexion Know You adorn The infinite sky As your garment? The shimmering stars That bejewel The night skies Originate From thy navel Hits: 1 »

Time Is Money By Govind Ramakrishnan

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, Desperate In need of a facelift, But manages To get travelers In and out With amazing precision Appeasing Impatient New Yorkers For whom Time is money Hi... »

Vishnu’s Maya By Govind Ramakrishnan

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 what he thinks: Life an illusion Vishnu’s Maya Our reality, merely The cosmic person’s dream Hits: 6 »

My Self By Govind Ramakrishnan

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 So elegant, For the ultimate force In nature. This simple Yet All-encompassing ritual Links The myriad energies Of this universe To its key witness, My Self Hits: 2 »

Dreams By Govind Ramakrishnan

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 dreams become real Others Stay just that: Dreams! Hits: 7 »

Modern Requiem By Govind Ramakrishnan

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 her fears of an arranged marriage? Or Is this the modern requiem For the ancient institution Called marriage? Hits: 3 »

Snakes And Ladders By Govind Ramakrishnan

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 fickle Nature of Lady Luck, Wondering, What other tricks May be Up her sleeve, In the far more important Game of Life Hits: 2 »

Less Greener Pastures By Govind Ramakrishnan

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 the landscape, A petite model desperately Holds her skirt down, A weekend runner chases That blown away hat, Today might be the day Marking the end of s... »

Bridges By Govind Ramakrishnan

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, Bringing the world Just That little closer Hits: 2 »

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