Day 279: For a Moment

For a moment in time,
an angel walked on Earth.

For a moment in time,
we were embraced in your love.

For a moment in time,
my world was protected.

For a moment in time,
you were my brother.

For a moment in time,
I had a savior.

For a moment in time,
you made the world a better place.

Now all that is left of you,
are precious moments trapped in time.

(c) Manivillie Kanagasabapathy 

AN: My thoughts are blocked today, so posting a poem I wrote in 1999, when my brother passed away. 


Day 220: War Tales

If this is what, I fought for,
then why do I sit here,
silent and searching?
This is not the reality I envisioned,
the dream I was promised,
when I held you in my lap,
watching the blood flow,
mixing with the saltwater tides.
How could I have known that it was
my life,
my joy,
my pain,
my tomorrows,
that flowed out
that seeped out.

© Manivillie Kanagasabapathy

AN: I can’t quite remember the book I read but I remember the scene where the soldier stood after killing the “enemy” and he felt so lost. He lost the connection, at that point he had with being ‘human’. That scene stayed with me for years. 

Day 152: Break

You dare when you have a straight path,
but roads can change and lines become blurred.
A untended way becomes a trap,
and clarity is lost.
Let me remain hidden in this jungle,
of broken dreams and unfulfilled promises.
Until I can carve a new way,
with a machete forged in belief and love.

© Manivillie Kanagasabapathy

Day 139: In Memory

I write this in memory,
In memory of a friend,
And a mother.
In memory of a wife,
And a mother
In memory of a soul
too early gone.
In memory of an angel
Called back home too soon.
In memory of a lady
Who left a legacy of love behind.

© Manivillie Kanagasabapathy

AN: Apologies – this is a repost from a poem written in high shool for the 10-year anniversary fo my mom’s passing. Not the poem I was working on but this week keeps getting away from me. Hopefully, I will be able to post that one tomorrow. Thank you all for your continued love and support! 

Peace and love

Day 131: Perfect

Brown eyes capture my gaze,
And I lean in slightly,
Drawn to the face that house these bottomless orbs.

A small, wide nose flares in exertion,
While full lips gasp for air,
I pull you closer,
Watching the moments pass through these eyes.

Your mother’s care, your father’s worry,
A lover’s gaze, fleeting touches, memories
It is there,
It is written.

Your body poised, for eternity, it seems,
Every muscle, every tendon straining,
Your sleek form coiled,
Ready, waiting, mine!

I shudder and thrust deep,
Watching the blood flow free
Losing myself in the moment,
I move fast and slash up.

A perfect kill, a perfect killer.

Your body twitches in its final moments,
As I watch you at my feet,
Blood flowing freely between us now,
The cuts at my side gaping with each breath.

My dispassionate gaze watches as they continue to fight,
Pushing back lines, giving no quarter.
Knees buckling, I fall in agony,

Distorted voices cry in triumph,
The sounds of victory dim,
As victor and victim become intertwined

And in the field lie the bodies,
Without name, without nation,
Destinies entangled,
Hands outstretched,
Waiting for a peace never known.

© Manivillie Kanagasabapathy

Day 85: Respite

I never thought that
the one
I needed sanctuary from
would also be my

How do I reconcile
The want in my heart
With the eyes of
The enemy before me.

In this one night
Let’s forget old wars
and seek solace
In the oblivion of
Each other’s bodies.

Give me this respite
Before dawn breaks
And we don on our armour
Of icy touches and sharp words.
Before I lose you
To the million little cuts
That loves makes.

© Manivillie Kanagasabapathy