Thursday, June 10, 2010

seasons of loneliness

the earth is empty of rain

it has given up its bowels

exposed them

mud grey

it doesn't starve

it lies like a wet mouth


as if run over by a train

not parched

but out of habit

it is a lie

this harvest



the sapling

all make-believe

stories for children

to soothe

fill the emptiness

they will soon begin to grow into,


when they come face to face


in the mirror of life.

Sunday, June 6, 2010

right place

the building


with a fire from behind

it gives her life

she is in the line of the climbing


her spine is wet 

her edges inflamed

her cheeks pink

she is taller than any

sky scraper in the city

because of an accidental positioning

of her 

on the moving curve

of the earth

this little building.

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

the ferocity of strangers

(For Dr. SRA)


I understand your divinity

You, my devotion


We are enthralled

into an eternal lip lock


savage and whole


i once asked a lover

why do lips swell?


he said they were like seeds

of the hibiscus

that sieve

off love.

Sunday, May 23, 2010

growing up.

my heartbeat is exposed


in the form of you growing up

raw, round nervous cells

under the sticky wet

as you fly from lusting hands

of family to those of forty thousand ayahs.

Sunday, April 25, 2010

Monday, March 15, 2010

real estate


he states

an award winning building

window to a world view

nice green,

the hills,

an extra bedroom

it is gudi padwa

the festival of beginnings

'with a down payment

the pied-à-terre is yours'

we have sold

lung, kidney, heart

ushering our selves

into these empty rooms.

(c) Rochelle Potkar

Sunday, February 21, 2010


(to me is):

like a candle

that curdles 

around its own feet

Every evening

crackling, burning, diminishing


Only to spring up the

next day

Whole and

ready to dance a flame on its shoulders.


Sometimes worry

falls like a

pebble into water

and friendship

becomes a finder

and goes

after it.

Monday, January 25, 2010

wedding poem

The church was





and sloping alongside

were faint sun h





people singing hymns

in violet, purple, lilac, 

indigo, lavender, pink


in rouge, 


perfumes, curls

witnessing nuptials

of a beautiful, nervous couple

on a malt evening

raining rainbows.