Small World

[Detail: Sudarshan Shetty installation (Melting Taj); Pic: Sahar Z]

It’s a Taj Mahal sort of feeling
of sending postcards home
of haggling for articles of faith
of dancing in Amazonian rain forests
of trickling down from
user-friendly rock faces
somewhere in the Andes
of living with winged low-life
in some equatorial landmass, somewhere
of emailing memories
through Dell and Apple notebooks
concealed from hungry native eyes
in sturdy Swiss-made backpacks.

It’s a Taj Mahal sort of feeling
that comes from surfing
the information highway
of mouse-mounted windows
of easy, downloadable wisdom
and high resolution porn
of hits and eyeballs
of a smart, impersonal type face
somewhere in the centre of nowhere
somewhere between the longitudes
of freedom and free-trade
coloured dollar green and white
and entered through
a plastic keypad.

It's a Taj Mahal sort of feeling
of mapping the world
on glossy travel books.
A feeling of marble strength
and stamina for busrides
and cashing travellers checks,
making pictures and awesome
observations about what a
colossal bore this life
would have been
without this feeling.

Comments

  1. do i need to tell you that i'm very much part of ur fan club?

    :)

    the Taj Mahal sort of feeling.

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  2. Thanks methinks (grins ear to ear) you are molto generous!!

    Scout, you're 'tremely gud with the Taj Mahal sort of feeling'...

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  3. I love this, even though it has a bitter taste, it evokes such strong immages

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  4. :D u make like tough for us..how many times will u make us say "wonderful?"

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  5. slightly off your rockers maybe BUT bang on tha nail with this lovely piece.

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  6. Sue, thanks Poemcat! It's a prized compliment coming from you.

    Nimbu, your Hibiscus friends, where are they? Would definitely like to meet them.

    KD, thanks, keep reading and writing, you have a great blog!

    CJ, thanks. It's all thanks to blogistan that one meets awesome people like you.

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  7. hmm.....just ahppened to stuble on to your blog today and I must thank you, coz I had a wonderful read....enjoyed it tremendously :o)
    keep it up!!

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  8. Good you Wandered in Wanderer! And thanks!

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  9. hey Finnegan thanks. It is indeed a small world... and we all have our Taj Mahal moments. Am simply blown away!!

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  10. come back to this for a third time and felt i just had to leave another comment.
    this is not only s great poem but it would also sound cool with some music!!!

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  11. i feel u distilled all the observations of a sojourner and conveyed it in words beautifully."Haggling over matters of faith" was a masterpiece

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  12. Hey thanks and welcome jedi. Bodhishop is also a distillery, where we get drunk, sometimes.

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