FIVE TANKA

1.
The mind creates
withdrawn to its own pleasures
a green thought
behind the banyan tree
behind the flickering lust

2.

Age seems to stop
for a while in sexact
a running horse
erect and heavenly
white as a lightning

3.

Their minds
hallowed in the borrowed sun
joyous in hate
celebrate emptiness
of the pimp’s asshole

4.

The lane to temple
through foul drain, dust and mud:
black back of Saturn
in a locked enclosure
a harassed devotee

5.

Not much fun—
cold night, asthmatic cough
and lonely Christmas:
no quiet place within
no fresh start for the New Year

--R.K. SINGH

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Biography
Born, brought up and educated in Varanasi, R.K. Singh has been writing and publishing poetry in English for the last three decades. His published volumes include My Silence and Other Selected Poems (1996), The River Returns (2006), Sexless Solitude and Other Poems (2009), Sense and Silence: Collected Poems (2010) and New and Selected Poems Tanka and Haiku (2012). Professionally he has been concerned with teaching English language skills to students of science and technology at a leading technical university in India since 1976. He holds full Professorship with specialisation in English for Specific Purposes.