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Poems by Srishti Moudgil

Fleeting moment

Srishti Moudgil

Published on
page 12 of Tarot #2
(June 2021)

This fleeting moment
Is innocently vast
Inside the depths of universe
Or multi-verse
Into the mind of someone
Waiting for an opportunity
Or someone longing for a lover

This fleeting moment
Is just a breath
Or a big sigh
Of thoughts
That can build castles
Or belittle my existence

This fleeting moment
Questions my self
In front of this
Higher self
That continues
To nurture selflessly

This fleeting moment
Is present right here
Right now
Seeking its acceptance
And appreciation


Srishti Moudgil

Published on
page 51 of Tarot #2
(June 2021)

I know you are here
Right next to me
Within me
Holding me tight
Just when the tide isn’t right
And when time pierces me
My head goes up in awe
In pain and hopelessness
You are up there
Wrapped in blue green
With your flute to
Take me beyond
Rhythms of this world

On the banks of Yamuna
Streets of Vrindavan
And even though the waves of
I have felt you
Witnessed you
Experienced you every now and then
When the sun smiles through the cloud
I have seen you in ecstasy
Of the rainbow

While I like to test you
Through those moments, I silently pray
For you to win every time
To kindle me
And rock my breath
With your presence
And longing.

Dear Coloniser

Srishti Moudgil

Published on
page 60 of Tarot #2
(June 2021)

You invaded my open space
Carving maps of your convenience
Destroying my identity
Dialects, exploiting
My culture
Forcing conversions
Fracturing my family system
And rituals

With your ruthless
Goals of capitalism
You destroyed handlooms
Diverting raw materials
To your self-created war
Letting my people die in famine

You enslaved my ancestors
Shipping them to unimaginable places

Now you advocate
For human rights, environment
In fancy global warming conferences
With slaughtered animals on your plate

Mind you?
You can manipulate my history books
But the land and sky
Hold account of your karma
In their consciousness

Dear colonizer!
Sun will never rise
In your empire
And on your royalty too!


Srishti Moudgil

Published on
page 48 of Tarot #1
(Dec 2020)

heart losing control over eyes
act is over
time to go
back to the source
or destination
shedding its clothes
body dismantling into five elements
for salvation
or another pair of jeans
but the mind remains
with its cravings
and memories
of heart-breaking
transcendental moments
seeking the ocean
through rough patches
collecting impressions
investing in joys attachments
in cycle of desire and fulfilment
over lifetimes in pursuit
of nothingness