Away from India India stays within me
I bear the cargo of Indian days within me
what does my being require that India harbors?
whose is the bansuri India plays within me?
when nothing's lucid it's time for silence's answer
no sun of knowledge disperses the haze within me
the ancient forests long gone olden wreaths unravel
I grasp a fiber of pearl-bestrung praise within me
proficient music is all I desire to weave now
the cloth of loving discordantly frays within me
in myriad vespers I sought to enjoy your nearness
what wayward distance nocturnally strays within me?
Beijing late morning a tiny caged bird trills sweetly
such strange captivity endlessly sways within me
you pull me close I clasp paradoxical vectors
our time of union requires much space within me
what transient dream would I share with counterfeit sweethearts?
surreal desires should veil their ways within me
our heat of summer gives way to your storm's invention
creative cloudbursts encourage your craze within me
on foreign turf a bird plummets dead in one version
juries deliberate over the case within me
the chance of glimpsing her beauty arrives too softly
in twilight hours who'll ponder her face within me?
I flew to India thinking to fetch bright baubles
it's me she gathered up scattering rays within me
now Anjanaya is black yet anon he's orange
in any color encourage his grace within me
when Raphael vaguely limned his trip I implored him
to find in Hindustan what may amaze within me
bansuri: bamboo flute
a bird plummets dead: a songbird, separated from its beloved (in a forest of India) had been placed in a cage and taken to a far-off land. Through a messenger (through example), it learned that the way to freedom involves a dramatic act of playing dead. See the tale somewhere in Book 1 of Rumi's Mathnawi.
Anjanaya (Skt., lit. "son of Anjana") -- an epithet for the important diety and mythological figure Hanuman, who may be variously understood to be both a chief devotee of Lord Rama, and also to be (ultimately) an active form of Shiva. His temples are among the most ubiquitous throughout India. He is generally associated with the color orange; but in Bangalore, I enjoyed visiting one Anjanaya mandir [Hanuman temple] with his quite regal and ponderous image carved in black stone.