In the Silence of an Owl


In the silence of an owl
a night dreams
as we gather our shadows
going further than we have ever been
Every step a virgin footfall
and around us
a tempest slowly rising

Hands reaching for hands
to hold on to
while thumbs explore lifelines
Words pushed away
to let balmy breaths in
to etch tumultuous tendrils
within fathomless hollows

The storm rages unabated
till the night lets go of her secrets
till glistening beads dot the canopy
till the rising smoke declares a forest fire
till twin sighs escape the spent covers

©Reena Prasad

Only words tonight


Touch me tonight with just your words
Use them to strip off lingering covers
Let them gently drop like eyelashes do,
one after the other
a rose shedding dew drops, petal-soft and sure
Hold them up as a veil for the crimson buds
from a green-eyed moon
Set them down free to kiss the streaming shadows
and leave me fraught with the need
to spill over too
Let them wander over soft undulations,
dip their way into shy, wave-lapped coves
Spread them all over the moonlit floor
to be seduced by a travelling blush or two
Urge them into tiny flames flaring up the spine
Douse them with the passion in your darkened eyes
Let them loose upon my fields, I am all ears
This night yearns to pirouette to their whispers
©Reena Prasad

Rain the love out – for The rainbow journal

blood rain you

It doesn’t set in easily
the feeling of being free
a flurry of flutters
a dropping of loose feathers
a shrug of the resilient ones
stirring up a chirrup of talkative emotions
Once it blazes in

a desire erupts in ecstasy
A suicide point beckons
setting up a secret rendezvous
An odd warmth seeps in as drops drip
stealing the sealed heat of cells they linger over
one that comes from letting go
of the blood rain washing down the putrid layers
piled on by seasons of drought

while the red heat evaporates the pain
and the rain for once thirsts for the desert
©Reena Prasad nov 24 2013