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The Games We Played

We pace the stone streets now, groping beneath the woolly underbelly
Of the mildewed memories, dried by age, wrung silly,
But they trickle back, malicious memories, bitter-sweet,
of a long time ago, of the old house by the banyan tree.

We searched for hidden secrets in the countless bolts-
the rusty knobs tasted blood-like and knife-cold-
on our patchy kitten tongues, and gooseberry noses.
Iron projections, remember? we leaned against them,
they wobbled against our protruding spines
our faces discovered new expressions
opening, closing, flickering, winking or slow widening-
the dance of summons, the promiscuous eyes play.

Our pantomime childhood, of make-believe-
now we ponder over it and wish, if only;
Too late, the clay has set into the mould.
But it could never have been, too well we know.
We were precocious, cunning and amorous.
Our eyes were never unclouded, but shrouded by the weight-
of knowledge we stumbled upon too early, oh how well we hid it,
with our brown shiny faces, and the melting baby smiles, my love.

We shared marbles, stolen chalks and heartbeats,
and longed for the 5 ‘o’ clock cartoons
As much as we craved for each other.
Remember the awed caresses, the terrifying-
responses we contained, the sighs, so bizarrely grown-up.
The too-short holidays we locked ourselves in my room,
built bed-sheet tents, played Eskimos, slipped in a touch-
biscuit-crumb mouths sought the bony arms.
You became the doctor, I your willing corpse,
laid out for a delicious autopsy, your fingers already maestros,
played my harp, my lute my tremulous taut drum.
You found new roads, uncharted territories running,
wildly into peaks, plains and molten volcanoes in me.

We smelt the ripe watermelon in each other,
the saliva on our breath, the edges of our bitten nails.
We were furry blind caterpillars blindly writhing our way
under the leafy shadows, crushing grapes between molars
spitting questions and seeds into the creamy air and giggling.

Years later we nibbled seedless grapes and mused
on the too white napkins, distracted by the music
the icy lucidity of the cocktails and our own detachment.
Soon we were imprisoned inside chrysalises
near-identical caterpillar bodies became more and more different
the curse of the forbidden fruit which we tasted too early,
 now too awkward to forget-
pierced into our flesh now rigid,
 rotting coconuts-
drifting down the endless river,
you there, me here-
only the skeleton of that insanity
 rattling against to our shells.

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  1. Date: 7/20/2012 3:19:00 PM
    Amazing poem! I wish I could write as well as you. Yet, I am only a teenager. Maybe could you check out my poems sometime? Give me a little advice? Thanks, Jasmine :)

  1. Date: 1/15/2012 5:17:00 PM
    An amazing write, I am in awe! Congratulations your on well deserved win! It's a masterpiece!

  1. Date: 1/14/2012 5:33:00 AM
    ((()))Clap! Clap! Congrats on your win with this creative work..Sara

  1. Date: 1/13/2012 11:10:00 AM
    Beautiful in so many levels, too many to count, congrats. on your well deserved win Jeena, you write as a painter inducing his art, lovely, hugs,vie

  1. Date: 1/12/2012 3:08:00 PM
    Congratulations!Jeena on your win.It is nice to see you on Poetry Soup.A wonderful travel through memory lane.Well written poetry,I enjoyed it. Best Wishes. Chacko Itticheria.

  1. Date: 1/11/2012 11:12:00 PM
    Jenna, such beautiful imagery. I enjoyed reading it very much, a big congratulations on you big win, Greg

    Chacko Avatar Jeena Chacko
    Date: 1/12/2012 9:59:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Thank you!
  1. Date: 1/11/2012 3:35:00 PM
    Oh my my I would have placed this MUCH higher but I am a fan of Free Verse so many lucious images, tastes, smells to my fav's Light & Love

    Chacko Avatar Jeena Chacko
    Date: 1/12/2012 9:57:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Thank you so much Debbie!! Your words are such an inspiration to me!
  1. Date: 1/11/2012 1:14:00 PM
    Wow, that is one trip back to memory lane, and this is just so vivid and bursting in imagery-- you took me there with you and this was just amazing! How you ended this is just memorable. Super congrats on your win!! ---I just read Chris' comment below, yup, this sure deserves a higher placement! :)

    Chacko Avatar Jeena Chacko
    Date: 1/12/2012 10:01:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    :).... I'm elated to hear that!
  1. Date: 1/11/2012 12:21:00 PM
    I am most impressed by this poem, Jeena. If anything, it deserves a higher placement. A big congratulations on your win in the Int. PoetrySoup contest! Superb imagery.

    Chacko Avatar Jeena Chacko
    Date: 1/12/2012 10:00:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Its lovely to know that you like my poem... Thanks Chris!
  1. Date: 1/11/2012 9:11:00 AM
    Jeena, a pleasure to see your win, my friend. A big "Congratulations" Beautiful and worthy poem win. Agape, Moses

    Chacko Avatar Jeena Chacko
    Date: 1/11/2012 9:19:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Thank you very much for your comment, its really encouraging!
    Chacko Avatar Jeena Chacko
    Date: 1/11/2012 9:17:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Thank you so much Carol!
  1. Date: 1/11/2012 5:09:00 AM
    Congratulations on your 7th place win in the Poetrysoup International Contest for August 2011 . Love, Carol

  1. Date: 1/11/2012 2:12:00 AM
    Congratulations on your wonderful win x

  1. Date: 1/10/2012 8:59:00 PM
    Jeena, A wonderful poem, and win.. congratulations with your awesome verse...very deep images...always,..p.d.

  1. Date: 1/10/2012 8:57:00 PM
    Congratulations on your win. A very interesting topic described in your poem!

  1. Date: 1/10/2012 8:40:00 PM
    Congratulations on this poem winning in the poetrysoup contest !! Enjoyed reading this !!

    Chacko Avatar Jeena Chacko
    Date: 1/10/2012 8:45:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Thank you so much!
  1. Date: 1/7/2012 9:58:00 AM
    A very well written poem. Enjoyed the read.

  1. Date: 1/4/2012 5:16:00 AM
    Congratulations on making it through the 1st round of PoetrySoup International Contest. Wishing you the best in the finals Jeena. Love, Carol

    Chacko Avatar Jeena Chacko
    Date: 1/4/2012 9:34:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Oh... that is so amazing.... thanks!! I'm overwhelmed.
  1. Date: 12/29/2011 6:15:00 PM
    This is great! The images portray a nostalgia, at its best and most powerful. I appreciate the piece, I hope you keep it up!

    Chacko Avatar Jeena Chacko
    Date: 1/4/2012 9:35:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Thanks a lot! Its so encouraging.
  1. Date: 12/27/2011 10:22:00 AM
    Precocious promiscuity perfectly protrayed; and the later discomfort of grown-up excellent, revealing write! Congratulations.

  1. Date: 12/27/2011 7:19:00 AM
    Congratulations on your well deserved featured poem this week Jeena. I wish you the best on your writing endeavors in the new year. Love, Carol