Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Achah Gaddah (Pujabi poetry)

Achah gaddah,
sadeh nal challah,
pind deh pallah,
hai achah ballah
chalteh chalteh,
ek kadh meh giddah,
ek suhi deh chuth peh,
likhal padah.

Good Ass

Good ass,
Came to us,
From the village far,
Is good and proper,
whilst walking,
fell in a ditch,
at the touch of a prick,
sprang out.

Friday, October 7, 2011

Thursday, October 6, 2011


Sometimes, I find myself stopping . . .  for no reason.


Kuch hosh bi hai,
Sochtah hu,
key jaab kuch hassil karnah ho,
tho koshish karnah,
kaabi nah chor saktah hu. 

Translation.  Effort

Are you even awake?
I wonder,
if anything is to be achieved,
I can never stop making an effort. 

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

What Happens

What can happen,
What should happen,
What might happen,
What could happen,
What may happen,
What would happen,
What did happen,
What has happened,
What will happen,
What won't happen,
What can't happen,
May never happen
Whatever happened,
Could never happen,
or forever happen,
What happened?

Monday, September 26, 2011

I Can See

I can see . . .
in passing,
in waiting,
in laughing,
and playing,
in playgrounds,
in places,
in schoolyards,
and spaces,
of traces,
of people,
of all different races,
in barrooms,
in foyers,
in hallways,
like voyeurs,
at rest stops,
in bookshops,
in stations,
and boardwalks,
in alleys,
and boardrooms,
in smoke-shops,
and showrooms,
on sidewalks,
in handsomes,
at Nordstrom, 
in stanchions,
at airports,
and subways,
in taxis,
on roadways,
at ballparks,
at ballgames
at drive-ins,
in car lanes,
and somewhere,
I can see everywhere . . .

Saturday, September 3, 2011

Rebuild Travers Park

Dear Jackson Heights Green Alliance:

Please take a moment to visit my page, Rebuild Travers Park http://www.facebook.com/pages/Rebuild-Travers-Park/167078183369634. There is a leak in the dam, and I need to poke some holes into all of our efforts. I have lived across the street from Travers Park for more than twenty years. The meager renovations that have undermined our collective wisdom of how the city should rebuild this park, leave me to be frustrated at the lack of planning and commitment, i.e., Daniel Dromm and Adrienne Benepe. The recent renovations were paltry in the face of the needs of this community and its potential to serve its residents. I propose rebuilding Travers Park and reallocating vital space for revitalization and beautification. Even The Friends need to recognize that expanding the park is not the answer nor the cry to go green. We need to understand the needs of the community and outsiders cannot help us but ourselves. Closing the sidewalk to add a playstreet is not the answer nor appropriating space from nearby Garden School. Travers Park is unsafe and grossly misallocates space. It's one major defect, the concrete field that attracts noise and loitering, lacks proper goalines or guideposts, creates a risk for passersby and pedestrians who can be hit by errant baseballs, or crashing into running children or soccer players, is an anathema for our community. This field is an eyesore and misappropriates vital space that could be used to rebuild our community. Please take a moment to visit my page, and see how I propose to rebuild Travers Park to make it safer, improve the quality of life for our community, sensitive to resident's needs, geography, population, age and location of Jackson Heights, and ultimately appropriate unused park space for the public good. Please join me, sign our petition, give us your feedback, support rebuilding Travers Park in a conscientious and comprehensive way, not only touting green communities but allocating vital space for the community's betterment and improve the overall quality of life. We need to envision a better Travers Park that is more accountable to our reality.