Keki Daruwalla Poems
- Suddenly The Tree The hive slept like Argus its thousand ...
- Fish The sea came in with her and her curved snout and her ...
- Before The Word Corn is great, on the cob or otherwise, but...
- Sappho To Aphrodite Long and lonely are my nights. Come ...
- Underwater Notes I am alone in the house. It is warm ...
- Map-Maker Perhaps I'll wake up on some alien shore In the ...
- Wolf Fire-lit half silhouette and half myth the wolf ...
Keki Nasserwanji Daruwalla (Keki N. Daruwalla or Keki Daruwalla) is a major Indian poet and short story writer in English language. He has written over 12 books and published his first novel "For Pepper and Christ" in 2009. He is also a former IPS officer, who retired as Additional Director in the Research and Analysis Wing (RAW).
He was awarded the Sahitya Akademi Award, in 1984 for his poetry collection, "The Keeper of the Dead", by the Sahitya Akademi, India's National Academy of Letters.
Early Life and Education
Keki Nasserwanji Daruwalla was born in 1937, in Loni, Burhanpur (now in loni, burhanpur), in 1937. His father N.C. ... more »
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Suddenly The Tree
The hive slept like Argus
its thousand eyes covered with bees.
The light as it fell through the neem tree
was a marine light, in which
yellow moths set sail
from one perforated shadow to another.
The hive was mystic,
a drugged mantra
with its dark syllables asleep.
As the afternoon wore on
the honey-thieves came
and smoked the bees out
and carved out a honey-laden
crescent for themselves
and left a lump of pocked wax behind.
The bees roamed the house,
too bewildered to sting the children.
At night they slept, clinging
to the tree fork, now ...