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Searching for Flamenco

June 26, 2022 by in category Poet's Day by Neetu Malik tagged as , , , ,

Searching for Flamenco

The streets of Seville keep
their best secrets hidden in the dark


cobbled paths wind in stillness
I wonder where all the dancers have gone
cafes and restaurants throb with the pulse
of a late night soiree

the candles have burned down to stubs
but the servers will not turn out the night
until platters of paella and pitchers of sangria last

I ask where I might find a tablao,
to be charmed and mesmerized


taking directions, I walk into the soft beam
of streetlights through the tangled sleeping town
on the other side

it is so quiet—
what is tucked behind the old buildings
in a walled courtyard I can barely glimpse?

I walk inside—
ensconced in a shell
of darkness, burns the fire
of a woman, her back finely arched
she is attired in a ruffled gypsy dress

her voice reaches
into the desert…………

the man with the guitar plucks on strings—pulling me inside

I have arrived. 

© Neetu Malik


Some of Neetu’s Books

THE OCOTILLO REVIEW SUMMER 2018 VOL 2.2

THE POETIC BOND V

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THE POETIC BOND VI

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In the Moonlight by Neetu

May 26, 2022 by in category Poet's Day by Neetu Malik tagged as , , , ,

In the Moonlight

in moonlight's soft sheen
I bare all that I am

it's the sun's harsh rays
that send me scurrying
into dark caves and crevices
where I am enveloped
in the shell
worn and roughened
through years        and tread
of time's wheels,    cracked by

aches and maladies
with marks etched deep
in my self



© Neetu Malik



Some of Neetu’s Books

THE OCOTILLO REVIEW SUMMER 2018 VOL 2.2

THE POETIC BOND V

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THE POETIC BOND V

THE POETIC BOND VI

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THE POETIC BOND VI

THE POETIC BOND X

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THE POETIC BOND X

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War by Neetu

April 26, 2022 by in category Poet's Day by Neetu Malik tagged as , ,

War

I try 
to find words for war

how it wrecks, how it feels
but
there is no language I find
to reach

that space inside me
to define the terror
give utterance 
to grief

why war when
there is no winning

when there is only loss
and losing

no matter which side
you're on



© Neetu Malik



Some of Neetu’s Books

THE OCOTILLO REVIEW SUMMER 2018 VOL 2.2

THE POETIC BOND V

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THE POETIC BOND V

THE POETIC BOND VI

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THE POETIC BOND VI

THE POETIC BOND X

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THE POETIC BOND X

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Deep Roots by Neetu

March 26, 2022 by in category Poet's Day by Neetu Malik tagged as , , ,

Deep Roots

I will weave you garlands
of dazzling wisteria
twine the flowers
with stems of love
growing from roots
seeded strong and deep
where the ground stays warm
and evergreen.


© Neetu Malik

Poem written for my children, 2019.

Some of Neetu’s Books

THE OCOTILLO REVIEW SUMMER 2018 VOL 2.2

THE POETIC BOND V

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THE POETIC BOND V

THE POETIC BOND VI

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THE POETIC BOND VI

THE POETIC BOND X

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THE POETIC BOND X

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Love by Neetu

February 26, 2022 by in category Poet's Day by Neetu Malik tagged as , , ,

Love

why love?

no one knows     but
everyone does

why hurt?

no one knows     yet
everyone does

love hurts
but         it’s the only thing
that heals the hurt

that comes from loving
and giving your all even
when it hurts to love

because without love

there would be no
us

© Neetu Malik


Some of Neetu’s Books

THE OCOTILLO REVIEW SUMMER 2018 VOL 2.2

THE POETIC BOND V

Buy now!
THE POETIC BOND V

THE POETIC BOND VI

Buy now!
THE POETIC BOND VI

THE POETIC BOND X

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THE POETIC BOND X

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