Dead crab at the Varkala beach, Kerala, India

Fleeting

Oh, life you beauty

creepy, puny, and fleeting 

caught only by death

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Survival of the fittest

Two-by-two, the students of Jasper High lined one after the other, following their creative arts teacher Ms. Richards who, in turn, followed the museum guide. It wasn’t the first time that eight graders took a field trip to the Museum of Ancient and Modern Art. It was part of the annual curriculum, and there was always something new each time.

This year, it was a pining mother lamenting her stillborn child. Visitors queued all along the hallway, awaiting their turn to see the well-guarded portrait. World renowned artist, Huge, had replicated humankind’s most primitive emotion—love—in its unadulterated form. The enthralling special exhibit was on loan the art museum in New York. To all this information, Ms. Richards nodded with polite curiosity.

“Love like I’ve never seen before,” read the placard. Students oohed and aahed when it was their turn to ogle at the art. Ms. Richards couldn’t help agree with the artist—she had never seen love so pure.

“I apologise for the delay,” the guide was saying. “We had to increase security ever since someone tried to steal the portrait two weeks ago.”


Back at the police station, the policeman’s eye gleamed with joy. He’d apprehended the culprit—a twenty-two year old unemployed art graduate.

He admitted to the crime, “I don’t care about love. I’m trying to survive.”

Ah, love

Hope Art Gallery in Austin Texas
Hope Art Gallery in Austin Texas

Undeniable

as prominent as skin rash

a loveable itch

Los Angeles skyline as seen from the Griffith Observatory

Look, don’t see

Seeing is judging

stand high, look! a spread below

observe and absorb

Awake

Times Square, New York City
Times Square, New York City

When the light goes down

and the city lights glow on

rises, sleepless town