Strolling Our Urban Galleries

by Saloni Kaul

Strolling Our Urban Galleries

Sound Signals All, Coast to Coast

Houses on riversides forever are perpetually reflected,
Boathouses on lakes long-anchored forge ties long lasting,
Wharves jutting into seas and inlets also get somewhat affected
And waves that lap sandy shorelines are all constancy forecasting.
With all those, who like neighbours ignored for years on edge of enmity,
With their stiff upper lip attitude stern as sauerkraut,
Because of the intrinsic bond between things in proximity,
A mutual understanding suddenly sprouts.
Of new beginnings all with old acquaintances
And these new friendships make then smilingly the most,
For good approval ratings, compromise trend instances
And improved bilateral relations come at brittle burnt toast high cost.
Like galaxies uncrowded let us live, also let live,
In close proximity equations, learn to sometimes yield and give.


Incandescence All On

Strolling our urban galleries, I often wonder
Whether scenes, pictures, art capture the essence of life in transience?
And what of love though out of the frame momentarily tucked under,
Can that live on in permanence in this fleeting world of strife?
For so unspeakably unique is the light of love
—And the utter irrelevance then of the shadow—
That even steady lighthouse beams from far above
Slowly settle incandescently on the waters below and glow.
Can art quite honestly paint such a maxim-like truth,
Such inescapable fact without beating about the bush
As caught up in focussing on water’s treatment of light age-old and youth,
That vertical horizontal movement interact and push.
When all’s contained in conclusion in the one image joint,
Do storytelling lifetimes depict that or get to the basic point?
A transient tale or truth in image cold-bloodedly or warmheartedly told,
To all and sundry in the winter’s indoor warmth or outdoors cold?


Celebrations All on in Earnest

In each and every lifetime there appears that phase
When all your yearnings get granted like matters drilled,
Your far-flung dreams realised in minutest days,
Your impossibly distant whims and fancies all fulfilled.
Then towering tallest mountains all say ‘yes’,
Red blue stars grant boons in a silvery twinkle,
Even coral pink sandy deserts with happiness acquiesce
And all the firmaments above benediction sprinkle.
Inaudibly they then agree with all you have to say
As though they’ve never once opposed or contradicted you,
Not once, not twice, all turned their back the other way,
Believe me, this that happens all at once is all true!
Forget forgive the past misgivings when this moment lands,
For only celebrations galore are in store for you right where you stand.

About the author

Saloni Kaul

Saloni Kaul, author and poet, was first published at the age of ten and has stayed in print since on four continents. As a critic and columnist, Saloni has enjoyed forty-five years of being published. Her first volume, a fifty poem collection, was published in the USA in 2009. Subsequent volumes include Universal One and Essentials All. Saloni Kaul is also an accomplished broadcaster and writer-producer-presenter with innumerable documentaries and features to her credit. Saloni’s poetry has been published in The Horror Zine, Misty Mountain Review, Mad Swirl, The Penwood Review, The Voices Project, Scarlet Leaf Review, Taj Mahal Review, Verbal Art, Ink Sweat And Tears, The Paragon Journal, and more.

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