Tuesday, January 28, 2020


How did the sunbird know
that there was an aloe vera blooming
on my seventh floor balcony?

The flowering shoot came through
a gap in the pot stand,
and caught me unawares.
This lazy gardener plants no flowers,
happy with green in various shades:
all blooms are a bonus!

How did the sunbird know
that its presence was needed?
It dispelled sadness from a tender heart
with a brief sighting,
bringing great joy
while sipping nectar from an aloe flower,
unaware of being
a tiny miracle.
                                                                                                              All that's left of the aloe flowers!

Thursday, January 16, 2020

The first post of 2020

Life in India has been immensely strange over the past several months, and since mid-December, the situation has become extremely distressing, to say the least. No inspiration to blog. Just keeping busy with mundane things, and snatching bits of joy whenever possible. Here's one little bit, gleaned from yesterday's pickle making session: I present to you the Garlic Herons.