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a dark cat
taking it, all in . . .
sickle moon

echoes of
an endless dance . . .
jungle tree


Tadpoles – Punjabi

ਝਰਨਾ ਝਾਕੇ
ਪੁੱਲ ਉੱਤੋਂ ਦੀ ਹੋ ਕੇ . . .

falls loom
over the bridge . . .


ਅਕਾਲ-ਨਿਰੂਪ ਵਿੱਚ ਕਾਲ ਆ
ਘੁੱਪ ਹਨੇਰ ਨਿਗਲਿਆ ਚਾਨਣ ਹੁਣ ਕਲਾ ਧਾਰ

ਨਤਮਸਤ ਮਤਸਯ ਪ੍ਰਗਟਾਉ ਸਤਯ
ਲੈ ਸਪਤ-ਰੂਹ ਜੜ੍ਹੀ-ਬੀਜ ਸਬੂੰਹ ਕਰਵਾਉ ਪਾਰ

ਕਰੀਮ ਕੂਰਮ੍ਯ ਆਧਾਰਿਦਾਨ ਦੇ
ਸੁਰੋਸੁਰ ਤਿਆਰ ਮੰਥੈ ਮਾਰੋ ਮਾਰ ਅਵਸੰਨ ਮੰਦਾਰ

ਪਤਨ ਪ੍ਰਿਥਵਿ ਅਥਾਹ ਕਿਥੁ ਵਲ ਵਰਾਹੁ
ਹੇ ਨੀਲਾਕਾਰੁ ਤੇਰੋ ਦੋਏ ਦਾੜ੍ਹ ਲੈ ਪਕੜ੍ਹ ਉਬਾਰ

ਅਵਾਕ ਭਗਤ ਖੜ੍ਹਾ ਵੈਰੀ ਚਤੁਰ ਬੜਾ
ਦੇ ਨਖਿ ਲਿਸ਼ਕਾਰ ਹੇ ਸਿੰਘ-ਪੁਰਸ਼ੋਤਮ ਬੁਲਾਉ ਇਹਨੂੰ ਪਾਰ

ਹੋਇਆ ਚਪਟ ਬ੍ਰਹਮਾਂਡ ਤ੍ਰੇਤੇ ਕਲਿ-ਕਾਂਡ
ਮਹਾਂਬਲਿ ਅਹੰਕਾਰ ਗੁੰਗ ਸ਼ੁਕ੍ਰਚਾਰ ਢਾਈ ਡਿੰਘ ਮਾਰ

ਛਤ੍ਰੀ ਮਲਿ ਭਖੈ ਭਾਖਾ ਮਲੇਸ਼ ਕਥੈ
ਪਰਸ਼ੁ ਤੇਰੇ ਹੱਥ ਹਿੱਤ ਪਰਸੁਆਰਥ ਹੁਣ ਕਰ ਪ੍ਰਹਾਰ

ਰਮਿ ਰਮੈ ਰਾਮੁ ਸਭ ਠਉਰ ਗਾਂਵ
ਹੂਆ ਜਗਮਾਤਿਹਾਰ ਹੋ ਸਿੰਧ ਪਾਰ ਅਸੁਰ ਨਾਭਿ ਪਾੜੁ

ਉੱਜੜੇ ਵੱਗ ਜਾਣ ਫਿਰਿ ਛੇੜੁ ਤਾਣੁ
ਵਾਸੁ-ਕੁਟੁੰਬ ਫਟੇ ਦੇਖ ਕੰਸ ਹਸੈ ਵਿਰਾਟਿ ਫਿਰਿ ਵਿਸ੍ਵਰੂਪ ਧਾਰੁ

ਗੂੰਜੈ ਗੋਬਿੰਦਿਗੀਤ ਅਨਾਹਦ ਸਰਬਮੀਤ
ਸੱਤੂ-ਭੇਟੁ ਹੋ ਮਥੁਰਾਪਤਿ ਗੋਪਿ ਪਰਮਾਗਤਿ ਰਾਧੈ ਗਲਿ ਪੁਸ਼ਪਹਾਰੁ

ਹੇ ਅਰਥ-ਸਿੱਧ ਕਰੂੰ ਬਿਨਤਿ ਕਿਹ ਬਿਧ
ਮੈਂ ਦੂਈ ਜੋਹਾਂ ਫਿਰਿ ਇਕੁ ਹੋਹਾਂ ਜਾਣਿ ਆਤਮਿ-ਸਾਰੁ

ਹੇ ਜਗਤਨਾਥ ਹੇ ਪ੍ਰਾਣਾਧਾਰ
ਤਮਸ ਗੰਭੀਰ ਤੇਰਾ ਭਵੰ-ਖਿਣ ਆ ਕਰ ਸੰਘਾਰ

– ਦਲਵੀਰ ਗਿੱਲ

Photo: Jagdeep Singh Faridkot


sand-devils . . .
red moon eating

Metal Eyes

metal eyes . . .
dawn painting the wings
of an egret

Great Pillars

great pillars
hold the vast sky . . .
the ruins


sun whispers
to the sleeping seeds . . .
drifting snow

Running Clouds . . .

stone buddhas,
the mountain tops . . .
running clouds

Granite Sentries

more than water,
this river churning thoughts . . .
granite sentries

ole' door

back after long . . .
good old door, welcomes
the same old way

A Deeper Understanding

eyes in eyes
arms in arms –
a deeper understanding

photo by Bernie Rainbow


audible silence
talks louder and clearer –
wind through bamboo-forest

silence . . .
the chatter of wind
and bamboo


a little dog
dancing in the dog park .. .
i lost my heart, i did

The Song-Beings

If you have seen
A mother singing a lullaby, or
Ever attended
An Indian Marriage.

If you are not, the
Unlucky one, who
Hadn’t listened to the workers
In the fields, or
Kids playing while singing
The no-nonsense songs.

Before the birth
Till the funeral and afterwards, and
Every breath in-between,
Neither poetry nor art,
It’s just a way of life ….

We sing – The Song of Life,
The Children of East –
The Song-Beings.


nigora umarova

Posted: June 18, 2013 in Dalvir Gill, Poetry, Translations

Rajesh Joshi – a Poem

Posted: June 18, 2013 in Poetry

Rajesh Joshi - a Poem



Play Thy Flute, O’ Krishna


by Rajesh Joshi …. September 28, 2012


Oh Kahna,

Oh Krishna,

Where art thou ?

What are these Gopis without you,

And what this bank of Yamuna,

Oh Krishna,

Come, play thy flute,

Let the Gopis dance,

In rapturous delight,

Let the waves of Yamuna swirl,

Like dervishes,

Oh Krishna,

What are these cows without you ,

And what this peacock plume,

Come Krishna,

Play thy flute,

Let the cows come running to you,


Let the peacock plume be atop your crown,

Proud and splendid,

Oh Krishna,

Where art thou,

Come Kahna, play thy flute,

Let there be an end ,

To Radha’s eternal wait,

Let there be a rain of eternal Love,

Let the whole Cosmos dance,

In ecstasy…


An Unlyrical Ode To her

Posted: January 30, 2012 in Dalvir Gill, Poetry

An Unlyrical Ode To her

An Unlyrical Ode To Her by Dalvir Gill

Sun also rises,
With all her mysterious hues
Evening comes still,
With fresh air my lungs get filled,
It can be called life — all this
Because of you.

There’s still some sense left,in
All this utter chaos,
Only because of you,
Because of you, only.

It’s not about gaining
Nor about losing…….
How in your absence is,
Somehow, also your presence.
Nothing belongs to me anymore
Some of you is there in every bit of me,
All of you in all of me .
Your arms are here in my arms
Your eyes in my eyes,
Your sweet breath mingled in my breath
You are in all my words, my worlds.
My nights are your gifts.

Where ever I go, I
Wind up running into you.
Whoever I see, it’s
You — I meet.
Only because of you.

It’s not gaining,
It’s not losing.
Love, Life, Laughs
Are not mere definitions,
There’s meaning in everything —–
Everything Is Everything.
Nothing is missing, nor desired.
All is whole ‘n complete, again
Because of you, Only.

The thread that first joined us, is
Visible now
Woven between everything, and
everyone. I can see it.
Only because of you.

There is music in silence, and
Silence in noise, even bliss…..
I can see you, in me
You are here, everywhere
In me.
Only because of you,
There’s Shunnyatta in universe,and
Universes in Shunnya……….
—-Because of you.

All paths are joined together,
Destinations are reached—–Destinies met,
Things come full circle……..
Only because of you.
Because of you, only.