This is another of my “happy birthday” posts. This one goes to Kunal whose encouragement and friendship I’ve enjoyed on the blog. I know that New York holds a special place in your heart and hope this birthday wish places you right there – in a New York State of Mind. Then a toast to you with Billy Joel’s rendition of “New York State of Mind”🎉 🎉 🎈 🎉 🎂 🎈🎂

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Trawling through the streets

A city that never sleeps

A mix of rare treats

 

Your feet still beat

To memories in your head

New York’s state of mind

 

Though years may pass by

Time undoubtedly does fly

Reach out for that sky

 

Where dreams still come true

And special wishes to you

A happy birthday!

 

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Spin me a yarn one last time

With your delicate silky threads

Let’s weave the intricacies of the rhyme

That swirl and spiral inside our heads

 

Tell me that my imaginings were real

When I became entangled in your web

That you still feel the same way I feel

Rising and falling in waves’ flow and ebb

 

I see the strands of longing in your lines

Trapped in a time that could not last

Memories of soulful love that still shines

Now a tapestry tucked deep in my heart

 

Spin me a yarn one last time

Let me trace the lustre in your verse

Remembering the love of a lifetime

Bound by design of the universe

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I made this for you

Who have not nursed a child

Though mother to all

 

Who held up a torch

When I tripped in the dark

You guided my way

 

You were born for this

To pick up the broken parts

Make them whole again

 

Your little bundle

Is wrapped in those of us

Whose lives cross your path

 

For the love of a mother

Can be in one woman to another

 

( A special dedication to special women in my life on mother’s day)

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Between rhythm and rhyme

wondering which it would be

words seemed to fail me

the notes sounded out of key

 

Then you walked into the room

arranged the lyrics to a tune

You blew me away– repeatedly,

endlessly, to heights not yet known

 

Words so cleverly coupled, selected,

slithered into slippery dark places

stirring memories and  dreams

painful heartbreaks of yesterday.

 

Caught up in an exotic dance

the music allured me once again

the beats, the strums, together

with words, they knew the drums

 

of my heart. They danced in  valleys,

on mountains, through the oceans

beneath the moon and with the sun–

lighting up life between night and day.

 

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I’d rather be with you

Wondering through vacant rooms

Looking at old photographs

Of how it used to be

 

When we loved with such abandon

All you did was look at me

Just a gentle flick, and like hot wax

I melted, flowing everywhere

 

I’d rather be with you

In the dark silence of the night

Where we fumbled and stumbled

Over each other’s words

 

Eventually tossing them out

With the past hurt and pain

Their resurrection would bring

No more tears, all we did was cuddle.

 

I’d rather be with you

Knowing where we both had been

Then turning down roads untrammelled

Where surprise is an aphrodisiac

 

Harmonising signs of the zodiac

Connecting our separate worlds

Like the first man on the moon

Anticipating fresh discovery anew

 

I’d rather be with you.