My guru

He is so detached

He cannot open files -

my email has attached


Zen space

She in his embrace

He writes verses

Both in Zen space



In a haiku I want to encase

Feelings about your love, but alas

I have already run out of space!


What I love

Love the idea of a woman I sure do

And love that you are one too

And love that I am in love with you



Where there is will there are ways

If there is desire action surely pays

For illness do what the doctor says

When speechless there is text message



A relationship with

      No love to inspire

And love without

      Lovemaking's fire

Is like a soulless beauty

      With no one to admire



She: Oh, how you pour

Your heart in

Things we do together!


He: "Pour" is the right cue

Because I am all liquid

When I am with you!


Love and life

Love and life

What came first er

And made the other?



We'll meet soon dear

It is on my calendar

That is all I can

See into the future



He dreams up the words

She inspires the meaning

Poetry comes into being



As they struggle to stay close

Their fingers run amok, making

Sweet discoveries beneath the clothes



Limbs writhe, bodies squeeze

Lips lock

Kiss happens in rapid flurries



To be a total stranger -

Be disregarded - is better

Than to endure idle pity of

Those who don't really care



Entangled legs of lovers

Twist ‘n turn like serpents

Leading to unknown adventures


It rained

A spell of clear skies

Arrived the clouds then

It rained and it rained



A button here, a hook there

Rivers meet freely

Torrential and bare



Photons live in the present

For 'em time is froze in any event

That's what Uncle Einstein meant!



Pressure of supple thighs

Warmth of chests

Hearts rejoice restful and wise



"Order, order" says the judge sleepy

"Yes milord" says the world loopy

Can anyone really stop entropy?



A ride of carefree intimacy

Leaves you both empty and full

Body rests, heart swims in ecstasy



She goes to a place and he follows

Their world moves with them

Unseen but close


You are

You are the shower that

quenches the desert's thirst

You are the lining that

lights up clouds that burst


You are the moon that

calms the trembling rabbit

You are the sight that

ignites my body and spirit


Idle dream

For time immemorial elders

Like the Gödels, Bachs, and Eschers

Have been assigned to answer the

Ultimate philosophical bafflers


Now upon me it seems has fallen

An unemployed ‘hat-wearer’ baron

Who does nothing around the place

Man for the job! Finally the right one!

(concept provided by Raam Gokhale)


Lover's body

What an instrument!

You strum its strings

And feel music in your heart



Love is a bird

That clings to its favorite branch

As much as it takes to the blue skies


Wind and snow

Unseen air the wind is when it calls

Except when it's the snow that falls

And then you can see all its glory

Twists ‘n turns, whirls and its waltz


Adam’s apple

Adam's thoughts were surely dirty

When he got an apple for his beauty

While Eve got busy eating the fruit

He held her and did things naughty



"You make a lot of sense girl.

Does that make you sensible?

Or sensual?" "It depends", she

said, "On what you can handle!"


Show and tell

"It is 24 July babe - when one

Can do things 24 by seven! 😉"

"More show than tell dude, things

Are easier said than done! 😁"


3 ways to be unhappy

When you don't get what you want

When you get what you don't want

And when you do get what you want!

(Do you get it?! 😉)



He: "Hay dear when can we commune?"

She: "Wait darling I will ping you soon"

He: "Ping me, poke me, bite me,

Do anything but save this buffoon!"



My hangover still continues

So do heart's tremors and woes

There's nothing to it my dear

These are but love's fair dues



I don't need to be the only one you seek

Not one you attend to every day and week

I just need us to share something special

Not commonplace, but inviting and unique



In the dark

I picture you at sunrise and sunset

And when the noon makes its mark

Wish I could say night too but don't

Recall how you look in the dark


Feminine dimensions - 1

Countless are dimensions of the feminine

Mysterious they surely are as they are fine

Charming they are as they are curious

Every one of them is a lovely curved line


Feminine dimensions - 2

Countless are dimensions of the feminine

Mysterious they surely are as they are fine

Fortunate it is to witness their beauty and

Be blessed by their affection - warm and divine



It is the rain

It falls again and again

It's the season of the rain!


The lonely moon

The lonely moon attracts lovers to its lane

Passion overcomes them, they shed all restrain

And the poor moon is lonely again!


The written word

Solid and crisp, the written word is a beauty

You can read it back and forth, watch it aplenty

You can caress, imprint it in your mind, unlike

The spoken word which drifts away into infinity


Autumn fog

Thick fog comes down the hill

Drapes the green in morning chill

Lovers hold and envelop each other

Under the blanket warm and still



She lay watching

          the clear sky in the west

He held her

          from behind, close to his chest

She felt warm,

          secure, free, and blessed


Photo effect

Her beauty tempted him, pulled him

To do things as yet unknown to him

She smiled and teased without a blink

Sitting in her picture, pretty and prim!


The sunshine

He eagerly opened her note when he saw the sign

"What does the sunshine do to you," said her line

"I do not know what came first," he wrote her back

"The sweet note of yours or the sunshine!"

(Poet's note: Her note might be the cause of the sunshine!)



A seeker will fulfill her mission

Tho' she may get lost in action

The true aimless are those who

Never give up home and caution

(Translation of an Urdu couplet)


The moon

The moon is round, bright and fair

With my darling tho' it can't compare

For all the hype by artists and poets

The moon is bald and has no hair



Silence is golden

And speech is a burden

But from a loved one

All words are silken


After the night

After the night of anxiety

The cherry blossom pleases

The soft wind soothes


Empty mind

The sky empties itself fine

The river flows full and blind

A full heart rises from the empty mind


Marriage and parenting

Marriage AND parenting

Causes of turmoil and hurting

If only we saw them instead as

Marriage FOR parenting!


If only

Couples argue, siblings fight

If only, for a minute everyone might

Become a stranger, go out of sight



Skirt - such a wonderful invention

Keeps the unfit off-limits on the run

And lets in only the worthy artist

To awaken music of love and passion



He and she lay on the couch

She said ouch, he said ouch

Then the couch beneath said ouch


Comforter zone

Tangled with a warm body

          Squished flesh and bone

In lover's embrace

          It is adventure unknown

How can one leave

          Such a comforter zone


What is Tantra

Slow unwrapping in the main

Of a juicy gift and then

Tight wrapping of it again


Welcome back!
You were gone missing

But for a month it is true

Coffee Town had lost its taste

Try no matter which brew


Sorry was one and all

Even trees and the lakes

Tales of their plight

Will easily fill these pages


But, lo! You have returned

Flying a thousand miles and some

With cheer we want to say

Welcome dear, welcome!


Climbing up

Moist air up steep Belred*

Grey skey between tall fir trees

Day looms heavy as pregnant clouds


* Belred is the name of a street in Redmond





Welcome to the 50s

We were once little kids

Growing on dosa, upama and cheese

We played, fooled n frolicked

Life was but a breeze


As grown-ups we knew no bounds

We roamed like wild geese

Collecting degrees, going places

We even tried some biz


Now it's time to bat steady

Not lose the wicket and stay at the crease

On with adventures but temper it

my friend, welcome to the fifties!



Abhay B. Joshi