Poems by Abhay K
Stony steps to the sky courtyard
a temple hangs in space
from the invisible claws of a giant Garuda
Kamdhenu's milk rains from the skies
a black Naga slithers on the ground
metamorphoses into a dusky god
Vishnu still asleep in the white sea of curd
a dakini emerges from the portico
but her skin of longings.
A great emperor's broken pillar
marks the birthplace of Buddha
ripples in the lotus pond
Nearby monks meditate
under the fragrant Bodhi tree
seeking traces of your light
All around sleepy villages
wrapped in mist
wait for the Maitreya
—the future Buddha.
About the poet
Abhay K. is an Indian poet-diplomat. He has to his credit two memoirs and five poetry collections. His collection of poems The Seduction Of Delhi has been published by Bloomsbury India. His forthcoming collection of poems The Eight-Eyed Lord Of Kathmandu will be published this year. He is currently editing CAPITALS--an anthology of poems on the capital cities of the world with contributions from Mark Strand, George Szirtes, Vijay Sheshadri, Ruth Padel, Ernesto Cardenal among others.
He has been honoured with the SAARC Literary Award for his contribution to contemporary South Asian Poetry and nominated for the Pushcart Prize 2013. He has also featured in Forbes India's Author's list 2014. His poems have appeared in literary journals across the globe and have been translated into Italian, Russian, Chinese, Nepali, Hindi and Irish. His Earth Anthem has been translated into 16 global languages. His call for an official Earth Anthem has been termed by UNESCO as a creative and inspiring thought that would contribute to bringing the world together. The Earth Anthem, written, produced and directed by him in eight languages is used by many schools across the globe. He has also written a SAARC Song spurring search for an official SAARC Anthem.
He has read his poems in Kitaabnama, a literary programme on India's national TV channel, at Nepal Literature Festival, Kathmandu, SAARC Literature Festival, Agra; Kritya International Poetry Festival, Wardha; South Asian Poetry Festival, Kathmandu; British Council, New Delhi; India's National Academy of Literature (Sahitya Akademi), New Delhi, Nepali Bhasa Sangam, Darjeeling, Sikkim Academy, Gangtok, Dom Pishatelov, St. Petersburg, Russia, Goa Art and Literature Fest 2014 and Jaipur Literature Festival 2015. www.abhayk.com