Tanka sequence

MIDNIGHT SENSATIONS

MIDNIGHT SENSATIONS

I fear the demons
rising from my body
at midnight crowding
the mind and leading the soul
to deeper darkness 



Sleeps the night with
desires wrapped in blanket  —
spring in the eyes
gods couldn't change the rhythm
of the body and its needs 



Awake in dream time
he looks for the candle —
love's invitation
lighting up in the dark
and sings the body's song 



The night queen fragrance
seeps in through the window
coupled with full moon
adds to my delight though I'm
alone in my bed tonight 



The sleep is buried
in sex for diversion
yoga or prayers:
the dawn preserves bitter eyes
in the day's bleak passage 



An insomniac
weak with desires and prayers
hears the heartbeats
rising fast with dark hours
survives one more nightmare


--R.K.Singh

 

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