Friday, February 13, 2015

In an empty house--By Paresh Tiwari--India

In an empty house

The bed unmade in the tenor
of our last quarrel.
My guilt shattered against the brick wall.

Like the shards of a fun house mirror,
the faces bloated, sucked, thin,
fat, tall, short, crazy, delirious, demented.
I wonder which was the real me?
the dog yet un-fed, the pillow un-slept,
the taste of your skin undone.

From the moonlight and orchids,
evening mist and morning dew,
or my fingers that caressed your song
From the wings of the last free lark,
the howl of the first wild wolf,
or the flicker of an old oil lamp

Could I ever distil your absence,
your presence and all that’s lost
between the two of us…

Paresh Tiwari is an often-published poet, writer and illustrator currently residing in Mumbai, India. He took to haiku and its associated forms in 2012 and is currently dabbling with longer forms of writing. His haiku, haibun, tanka, haiga and other poems appear frequently in noteworthy journals and anthologies across the world. An Inch of Sky, Paresh Tiwari’s collected haiku and haibun, has been published by 20 Notebooks Press. The book is now available online at 


  1. Paresh,

    I enjoyed reading your work today..Very emotive and expressive work..


    1. Thank you Sara, the fact that I could connect to you with my words is indeed a high. From here I move on to your Dachshund :)


  2. Dear Paresh,

    It's good to see you already have one wonderful comment on this powerful poem. Welcome to Whispers! I hope you enjoy your time spent here. Best wishes with all your writing endeavors.


    1. Dear Karen

      Thank you so much for publishing my work. Feels great to be a part of Whispers! I am sure, I will love the works here.


  3. Dear Paresh,

    A moving and flowing poem with touching expressions that have apparently poured out from the heart and have touched the chore of my heart! Kudos and respects.

  4. nicely done poem,congratulations,angelee

  5. Paresh, Wow! What a wonderful well written poem full of emotional memories it appears. I enjoyed the read. Welcome to Whispers. I know you will find your visits enjoyable. Thank you for choosing to share your talent with us.

  6. Good to read the deep emotional content of this splendid piece Paresh..'

  7. Hello Paresh. Welcome to Whispers. "In an empty house" is a powerful, heart-felt poem that I can feel your passion in. Thank you for sharing it with us and continued blessings!

    -MJ (

  8. A Splendid piece. Enjoyed its parts; a poem of smoke and mirrors in its guises. Congratulations. Ralph.

  9. Paresh,

    This is a truly mystical and heart wrenching poem. It had me mesmerized as I read it. Your imagery is wonderful.


  10. Hi, there, Paresh. Your poem hits right on target as it expresses a very distinct and sorrowful pain which occurs in a breakup. Whether a real lifetime experience or not, it expresses from the depths of your creative talent, defining a painful, long lasting moment in life............ Sheri

  11. Paresh,
    I enjoyed this poem the inspiring lines and the sadder ones. Great job! Welcome to Whispers!
    Your new friend,
    David Fox