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"Torn" poetry by Roshan James, Kitchener Waterloo


There is a tear in the fabric Worn and loose, threads baring a gap in the familiar sheets Frayed seams flipping With every breath and breeze, taking in air and sky and sun Warm and fresh-smelling There is no need for stitching, the still-woven yards while unaffected Sustain a small marking From a point, where every […]

"Songs" poetry by Roshan James, Kitchener Waterloo, Ontario, Canada


For Robin. You are my people. Dancing across the decades Music of the past Bringing presence to the moment Ms. Aretha wails open-throated into the rafters Mr. Wonder shakes the house down, hammering on keys Timelessness plays brass, punctuating bar-talk with clarity Harmonies of clinking glass silver-noted fall between us Sparking words that songs are made […]

"On the exhale" poetry by Roshan James, Kitchener Waterloo, Ontario

On the exhale

Relax and lean in Breathe that second breath And catch this kiss on the exhale Catch this contentment Hard won on a winter’s day Sighing relief after a long almost-goodbye Breathe again into a happier thought That love doesn’t require proof But is constantly proven In staying close and quiet Even when our past claims […]

"Let us build", blog post by Roshan James

Let us build

A year of demolition. If I were to put it in a nutshell and tie it with a bow, that’s what I would call 2014. For me, the year before – 2013 – was focused on the pursuit of dreams and the accompanying changes. The vision for 2014 was happiness – specifically “go towards the […]

"Ready", poetry by Roshan James, Kitchener Waterloo Ontario Canada


She looks to the horizon As if ready for flight Winged with light Strummed strings tight Ready, poised for grace Head raised Staring down fears and frowns With a slight smile Shrugging off the cares cast by others Letting fall the yoke of years Choosing to detach Drawing strength from a patient place Leaning on this […]

"Our ground", poetry by Roshan James, Kitchener Waterloo, Ontario

Our ground

Battle scarred Broken parts Patched and wrapped with charred resolve Done for days Gone for months Years that asked with no response   And here you come With eye-lit smiles Far brighter-bold than northern skies With depth of strength And patience long Holding on to find our ground  

"New everyday", poetry by Roshan James, Kitchener-Waterloo, Ontario

New everyday

It’s been awhile since this pulse quickened And took a doubtful mind’s breath away Silencing the long-jaded oration From the fiction of a past that never seemed to get ahead Instead Drawing truth and strength from a history Of choices, learning that everything is meant, But perhaps not meant to stand Revealing a new everyday […]

"To the unspoken question", poetry by Roshan James, Kitchener Waterloo

To the unspoken question

Sometimes ‘I don’t know’ is the strongest answer Most honest and vulnerable Unassuming Leaving room for possibilities Letting go of control Knowing that it isn’t a sign of uncertainty or worry Instead, willingly hopeful

Walking along the Magnificent Mile in Chicago.

Sitting beside Lonely

As social and outgoing as I can be, I have often carried with me an acute sense of being alone. Some years it has felt stronger than others, some days it feels stronger than others. Whether in a relationship or not, whether in a large group or spending time with another person. No matter how […]

"Kill me kindly" poetry by Roshan James, Kitchener-Waterloo, Ontario

Kill me kindly

Kill me kindly With short, shard-like words Fragments of what once was said Put a well-aimed bullet through me To stop the rough and ragged staggered steps of this love-lost wanderer Do it quick, please; open skin and flesh to the bone Leave a wound gaping A painful place A reminder of a torturous time To keep […]

"She walks in sadness" haiku poetry by Roshan James Kitchener Waterloo, Ontario Canada

She walks in sadness

She walks in sadness Moonlight’s veil on her shoulders Night’s only comfort

"Broken road", poetry by Roshan James, Kitchener Waterloo, Ontario, Canada

Broken road

You and I are alike, my broken road Worn and well-traveled, a sojourning pair Continuing on despite, and sometimes in spite, Of our condition and the terrain we find ourselves crossing Alike in marking a path forward And marching on with all manner of people Passing by charming city lights, congested intersections, Infrequently restful highway stops […]

"Certainty somewhere" poetry by Roshan James Kitchener Waterloo

Certainty somewhere

When my quickness of day slows And matches the direction of the setting sun When my daytime dreams burn blazing stars into the dark And my thoughts turn free I hear You and the absence of you And I know Somewhere we will find our certainty Quietly consuming any shadow of doubt

"Keep me" poetry by Roshan James, Kitchener Waterloo

Keep me

There is unspeakable desire Moving with me Shrouding my sight in forever moonlight It is the possibilities with you That keep me Watching the stars

"Soulmate", poetry by Roshan James


My everyday hope Is to find you more and more In every detail

"Long love", poetry by Roshan James

Long love

A long time ago I made myself a promise To settle for nothing less than sublimity Even if every moment of falling in love With the crude beauty of people and places Would render heartbreak inevitable And would require a daily sacrifice To stay open, to stay vulnerable And to learn deeply That the beauty […]

"My first thought" poetry by Roshan James

My first thought

I woke up today To a world brighter With you as my first thought   When I lay my head down The day felt complete Because you were in it

"Balance" poetry by Roshan James


The intensity of your gaze Draws me out and pulls me in Holding me breathless Powerless until With the tilt of my head The lift of my eyes Your intake of breath quickens And we balance

"Alive" poetry by Roshan James


A brighter sun A longer day A moment deep A breath away   A happy thought A fleeting touch Awaiting more A lover’s rush   A laughing smile A knowing eye A long hello A lingered bye   A bolder song A stronger chord A sweeter note A lyric heard   A dusky meet A […]

"Parallel", poetry by Roshan James


Somewhere you are missing me as much as I miss you That thought, though briefly gratifying, Does little to fill the depths of uncertainty Left in the wake of love passing in parallel Sending out a broken-noted call From each instance of its split existence Hoping beyond reason that this fractured infinity, In its own warped […]

"Country love song", poetry by Roshan James

Country love song

Warm summer nights Sweet sultry air Will you come to my door? Will you kiss me right here?   Will you sing to me sweetly This old country song The one with two lovers Bravely taking night on The one where he loves her And she loves him too A song warm and lovely A […]

"Cadence", poetry by Roshan James


When quivering dew Reflects the sun in each drop Quenching long-grown blades That you know would be sweeter if chewed It is this moment that begs sharing With the one person who isn’t there Whose eyes would hear and speak wonder In a familiar tongue, singing into your mind’s ear And whispering a swaying cadence […]

"Yet" poetry by Roshan James


How is it possible to feel so alive Yet breathless after a kiss placed From lips that brush finger tips With a glance barely discerned Over a heart-drumming chest   How is it possible to feel so deeply Yet not enough, after each embrace Leaves us wanting and waiting With only a memory to keep […]

"Light in the depth", poetry by Roshan James

Light in the depth

I dipped a toe To test the warmth Of waves beckoning me Drawing my feet into the shallow tide Innocent in depth and clarity Belying an unexpectedly strong pull Unnoticeably inching me out To unfamiliar and unattempted water Until the ocean floor sank away from my feet And fear would have felt right If not for […]

"Lifted [haiku]", poetry by Roshan James

Lifted [haiku]

With your full embrace I feel lighter than ever Lifted in your strength

"Happiest", poetry by Roshan James


The happiest moment in my life Is this moment and the next In which I realize I am still breathing Everything that has come before Collects into what we call the times of our lives Memories mixed to nurture change Growing us forward

"Inner place", poetry by Roshan James

Inner place

Meet me in the inner place Most sacred of the shrouded rooms A place where you and I can sit Airing fears for hope to bloom A room beside the other rooms But quiet and unknown to them Where you and I may share in truth Conversations best unhastened

"Anticipation", poetry by Roshan James


How long do we wait For a few moments To let fall the words We can’t bear to keep in For the rush of breath, of song To free our hearts thrumming In anticipation

"Fill" poetry by Roshan James


If you will fill this hollow place Fill it with your gentle words If you will mend this broken soul Mend it with your stories told If you will feed this hungry mouth Feed it with a morsel bold If you will greet my eyes with yours Offer them with lips unfolding If you will […]

"Last man standing," poetry by Roshan James

Last man standing

If you’ll be the last man standing I’ll be your lady smiling Come on over and sit by me Let’s watch the sun roll over the mountains If you’ll be the last man standing I would never leave you Come on closer and lean right in So I can kiss your face and drink your […]

"Trove" poetry by Roshan James


Moments between Moments Can you steal just a few? When all you really want Is a trove constant Outside Of time spent like coins Casually jingling In pockets of frivolity Wasted For seeming too little to matter

"Paper crowns" poem by Roshan James

Paper crowns

Kings and Queens With paper crowns What will you do When morning comes? When over-grand Your gestures err And smokened black The breathing air When people ask What will you know? Wisdom-less A showy show? Will you humbly Cede your lack? Or, blowing, heat A hollow stack? How do you play At life so well? […]

"For the seeds" poetry by Roshan James

For the seeds

And for Amos Is the tree ever ready To lose its leaves as one season ends And the wind changes direction? Its seeds scatter the ground Feeling the loss of their source Too soon strewn With each cold kiss of wintry breath Branches wave Remembering a warmer dance Scripting against cloudened sky The root’s exquisite […]

"Where the heart dwells in the quiet", poetry by Roshan James

Where the heart dwells in the quiet

My friends Not for a moment Believe that I forget Our sun-kissed days When a wintry silence Speaks louder Than anything I could say My friend Among the others There are so many Words That cannot be said For the winter of our love Is here Where used to be The scorching summer And Quiet […]

"Here is joy", poetry by Roshan James

Here is joy

Pure joy Can be simple Like looking down Realizing You have one more Bite Of something delicious It’s also like Looking Into your face Realizing You are still Here

"Like the universe depends", poetry by Roshan James

Like the universe depends

When I’m with you We cross from Heaven to Hell And back Over and Over and Over Until it is both At once That is the best way I can describe How it feels To love you Like the universe Depends on it And the best way I can describe How it feels To have […]

"Dreamt in the dark," poetry by Roshan James

Dreamt in the dark

Let the glimmer fade The curtains fall One show ends And the stage is swept House lights dim Darkness waits While the playwright Prepares the next story Scrawled on a fresh sheet While a hummed note Introduces a new score Rising timorous from the pit Strings strummed for tuning Finding a pitch To which First […]

Choosing happy, blog post by Roshan James

Choosing happy

On a cool October day in 2012, I made a choice to follow an inkling of an idea. I can’t say it was a big dream, or that I even had a clear picture of what I was aiming for. It was the kind of now-or-never moment when a single step in a new direction […]

"Somewhere," poetry by Roshan James


The passing of minutes Moments Days or lives Doesn’t make a difference In the loving Or in the dreaming Of what could come to pass And what could be passing Somewhere Near or far from here It’s the unseeing and unfeeling That is undoing This moment

"Chance," poetry by Roshan James


It’s only a miss If we’re remiss In taking the chance Left in front of us By the benevolent forces That strum the harp And pluck the strings Into reverberation Producing notes of harmony Written on the waves Of sound, coursing Away from the source Rushing to whisper A word of caution cast aside Fetter-free […]

"Pieces of home," poetry by Roshan James

Pieces of home

I first spotted you In the curl of a Virginian wave I was tiny and the roaring giant tide Overwhelmed, threatening to pull me under And I loved every reckless moment Of salty, sandy air tripping over the waves Whipping locks of hair around my five-year-old face In my twenties I saw your name and […]

"Learning how to wait," poetry by Roshan James (Roshan Grossman)

Learning how to wait

It’s not a game Or a song Or even a movie But it’s played Mostly alone Or seemingly so Defined by a lack Patience pending Thoughts in focus Sending the mind Reeling, careening In and out of logic As we process Organize Catalogue And store Memories and the visions Slotted into lessons Lessening the pace […]

Running between raindrops," poetry by Roshan James (Roshan Grossman)

Running between raindrops

Running between raindrops Channels the waterfall within Slamming this blood-warmed bag of bones Into dampened asphalt, fissured and pitted Rhythmically cathartic contact Beats an aggressively numbing cascade Of motion set to headphoned music Leaving behind the feelings of being taken As a convenient, decorative feature Summoned and dismissed at will By those lacking vision to […]

"The way it should be," poetry by Roshan James (Roshan Grossman)

The way we should be

Can we appreciate Each other’s broken bones? Binding the wounds With stories Winding bounds Around histories Opening ourselves Wide open To expose the soft and hard parts In danger of forgetting Concealing what could be Embraced Afraid that we are too much and too little Of the wrong and right things Forgetting that we are […]

"Lest I dream," poetry by Roshan James (Roshan Grossman)

Lest I dream

One day This wait will be over And I will see your face Until then I close the door to sleep Lest I dream And find you next to me Passing a lifetime together Only to wake

How the heart breaks, poetry by Roshan Grossman

How the heart breaks

How the heart breaks And still keeps beating Testifies to the enduring spirits Of love and hope While one falters The other springs up And when both are present The world is alight With pure intent And it is enough To keep us Honest And hardworking Even though The heart breaks

May I sit - poetry by Roshan Grossman

May I sit?

May I come alongside you And just sit a spell? My feet are tired From running My legs are weary From traveling My arms are aching From holding on My mind is letting go Untethering My eyes are opening And the view is dazzling, but blurry And I don’t want to trip So may I […]

The other side of the rainbow, poetry by Roshan Grossman

The other side of the rainbow

When I was a little girl I heard about a rainbow Spreading across the sky A path to riches Unrefined and as illusory As the gold promised Undaunted and intrigued I followed blue, green and gold Until colour washed clear And I found a place, Unchecked in breadth, border and beauty Where I wanted to […]

Collapse of the universe, poetry by Roshan Grossman

Collapse of the universe

I am a moment in your eyes And in your eyes, I see A world of worlds Expanding, While around us It closes in, A universe Collapsing

Dream unpenned, poetry by Roshan Grossman

Dream unpenned

It’s not the words on the page But the absence Signifies the dream Unpenned It’s not the words spoken But the quiet Breaks into song Not yet known Even if time is scripted out And bound to a spine There are still woven Threads loose


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