NAUSHERITES – the last writes of nausher nash banaji

The black + white poetry and skin + stone photography by Nausher Nash Banaji. All words and pictures copyright © Nausher Nash Banaji.


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I saw you in the elevator, darling
It was you, it must have been
I saw your reflection coming in
Riding the elevator, lights going dim
Light playing with fabric and skin
The scent of Chanel hanging
You step out and leave me standing
The memory of your reflection calling
The perfume, the fabric, and the skin
I bottle the memory burning within
To remind me of what might have been


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you were the most beautiful person in the world I knew
and, for a while, walking with you, I felt beautiful too
but then one night in the harsh light, I saw the hyena in your eye
I suddenly realized who I’d idealized and watched the halo around you die
i watched the chains wash away in the biblical rain
try as i might I could never feel the same way for you again – Nash Nausher


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What do you think you will do for the next 40 years
when your face looks like a cobweb and you’ve dried up your tears
When no one gives you a second look and you sit staring at the phone
When growing up means you were wrong about everything you’ve known
Stalking your ghost, counting your stocks and gold
Count the lies that you bought, dreams that you sold

– Nash


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I've spent a good deal of my life travelling,
and I've spent it in libraries and antique stores and museums.
I've worshipped the beautiful and avoided the ugly.
I realized praise and blame are the same.
Very early in the game I learnt there is no shame.
I walk in the air and I don't care.
I learnt that everything is related
everything is connected
Christ and crutches
Guilt and guillotines
Saviours and sadists
Martyrs and masochists
Press and propaganda
Erotica and enlightenment
History and hyperbole
Climate and constipation
Memories and mortuaries
Woke and broke - Nausher Nash Banaji Duo


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I’ve seen beauty and I’ve watched decay
I’ve heard the silence after the hurray
I’ve seen the indifference in their eyes
I’ve learnt reality through their lies
I’ve touched the apple on the proverbial tree
I’ve felt the chains even when I was free
I look in the mirror and all I see
your eyes looking back at me


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You are a poet in a nation of shopkeepers
You are a prophet in seas of insanity
You are the head on a coin
A message, a sign
You are nothing
Yet you are the messiah
You’re daughter of lightning
You’re goddess of thunder
The power of beauty
The beauty of power – Nausher Nash Banaji Duo


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A memory nailed on each hand
You forget where your story began
The night caresses secrets in a dream
Speaking of promises unspoken
Straining through the ebbs and falls
You capture a fleeting embrace
The paint is peeling off the walls
The past is etched on your face
You roll the dice and pay the price
Remember you only die twice
Once when laid in the coffin
And once when you’re forgotten – Nausher Nash


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I’ve made a religion out of beauty
it imprisons and it frees me
I catch my reflection
Kissing my assassin
Shadows shimmer intertwined
With the light we left behind
A breath separates heaven and hell
Nothing to buy and nothing to sell
Waiting to catch up with my past
I watch my future pass
I doubt and I falter
But still kneel at her altar.
Nausher Nash Banaji


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It looks like your world, but everything is different

Everything seems close, but oddly distant

How were you to know

Where it all would go

For a moment all the world was right

How were you to get ready for the fight

What blink of an eye, whose tear, whose stare

What fork on which road is taking you where

You’re running down the track

The night burning down your back

You follow the ghost of you

And your ghosts are following you

Blinded by truth, enlightened by a lie

The die is cast in the blink of an eye


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You are standing on the crosswalk

Listening to the crosstalk

Waiting to catch up with your past

And your future just passed

You catch your reflection

Kissing your assassin

Waiting to catch up with your past

And your future just passed

Your picture mildews on the floor

Your beauty ghosts out the door

Waiting to catch up with your past

And your future just passed – Nash Nausher


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Here you are at that special place

Halfway up, halfway down

Lost between your head and face

Lost in the space between conqueror and clown

Between stars and scars

Cigarettes and memoirs

Between fear and fate

All you can do is wait

Between truth and lullabies

Between lies, sighs and disguise

You know all your alibis

It doesn’t matter what you say

It’s not going to go away

It’s the price you pay

A universe apart and inches away

-Nausher Nash


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you take nothing for your journey

and you take nothing from it

here you abide and there you departed

you dust memories off your feet

you ended your journey just as you started

you reached the water’s edge

but the water never parted

you’re a comma on a page

its the course that you charted

and no matter what you say

it doesn’t matter anyway

you cannot stay

– Nausher Nash


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We just close our eyes and our lives are carried away by the river

What is left behind we cannot say – It’s just the play of the water

I feel my heart beat beneath her feet

it’s where my mind and body meet

just go with the flow my heart says

there’s things we’ll never know these days

future present perfect past

it’s all good as long as it lasts – Nausher Nash


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Take the leaves back to the forest
And the water back to the sea
Turn the stone back to ashes
Bring the dust back to me
Naked now my skin is crawling
I sit in my bones looking out from the hill
Face pressed against the window
The snow is melting and the earth is still – Nausher Nash


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let this be my ashes blowing in the wind

my epitaph, my prologue, my beginning, my end

Let me walk this road until I reach the bend

I see no point in living endlessly without end

i hope that when it happens, it happens suddenly

I see no point in living on without beauty

I don’t want to linger in fools company

I just want to be alone with me

a transparent layer in history – Nash Nausher


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In the dark you reach for the sky
Memories lie and memories die
Your fingers clutch your shadows hand
You survive only because you don’t understand
The wind carries voices but there’s nobody there
The bush is burning but the mountain is bare
Was it paradise lost or paradise found
Was it safety you sought in 6 feet of ground,
Were you tipping your eyes to make an impression,
Wearing a face with a borrowed expression,
Did the looking glass
look back at you in wonder,
Did you look through a mask
only to see a stranger –
Nausher Nash


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I woke up this morning and I had the blues
I saw the Nantes cathedral in the news
I watched arson fires burning on live feeds
My friends said why are you sharing these
This isn’t something we want to see
Show us someone taking the knee
Show us something that will make us feel guilty
I said what are you talking about
This is something we should cry and shout
I said this is our beauty and our heritage
This is something worthy of our rage
They said, don’t bother with the shares
Nobody cares darling, nobody cares
Don’t you get it, they are tearing it all down
Everything I love is being burnt to the ground
What can you do about it, they said shrugging
Wasn’t it just another old building or something
i guess nobody cares, I said, and you are right in what you say
But why the fuck did this have to happen on my birthday
Thank you darlings, it’s been nice
Hope I find my paradise
Hope your wishes all come true

Hope this new year brings me something new –

Nausher Nash Banaji Duo

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I seek you in a renaissance painting
Unblemished by age, resplendent and serene
When the world was yours for the taking
My whore, my courtesan, my poet, my queen
In the end it is all just a speck in my eye
I just want to take a moment to say goodbye
I know I made a mistake coming here again
Can I remind myself of what, where and when
In a dream and a prophecy, barely a trace of that place in me
I look in the mirror and all I see, the ebb and flow of memory – NausherNash


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I follow the taillights in the sky
Starting and ending
Fading down pillared corridors into another world
Away from the trivial the inane the babble the trash
Away from life’s symmetry of madness
i feel the warm breath of stormy seas
Hear waves ebb and flow deep inside of me
Feel their heart beating like it is my own
See them turn, retreat and return
They will still be here long after I am gone
A soul at peace in a world of violence
And the sower will sow the word
And the word will be silence – Nash Nausher


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Your hands don’t hold the answer

Hold it higher, she said, hold it higher

Higher so I can see the cross above the flames

Praise and blame, darling, are all the same

It’s not tears, it’s smoke in my eyes

I seek the heavens, I search the skies

Born of tempests, a warrior at the mouth of dawn

I am a child of beauty in a storm

Standing in the fire looking out to sea

Waiting for the waves to bring the water back to me – NausherNash


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In the dark you reach for the sky
Memories fade, memories lie
Your fingers clutch your shadows hand
You only survive because you don’t understand
The wind carries voices but there’s nobody there
The bush is burning but the mountain is bare
Was it paradise lost or paradise found
Was it safety you sought in 6 feet of ground,
Were you tipping your eyes to make an impression,
Wearing a face with a borrowed expression,
Did the looking glass
look back at you in wonder,
Did you look through a mask
only to see a stranger –


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standing at the window looking out
I watch the angels play and shout
an oasis of elixir in a season of drought
I watch the sun play patterns on their golden skin
are they Siamese, Gemini or twins
I think I’m on earth but hope it must be heaven
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Soon we will leave this world, this country, this love,

the eyes we view them with are eyes that must close before too long.

But this much is certain:

we will still have, left deep within us,

the light catching the reflection of rain on its cobbled streets,

a blaze of sun gilding off the dome of a duomo,

the perfection of the piazzas,

the thousands upon thousands

of shades and nuances of history,

the stones, the skin,

the colours of Italy. Nausher Nash


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I’m Looking for my past selves
Sleeping with my old self
I am just a shadow of my wild me
I can’t remember what that was like to be
I look into your eyes and see
A shimmer of that side of me
Through the sandglass and into the sea
I’m waiting for the waves to bring myself back to me – Nausher


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 the verdict is in, skin to stone, stone to skin
my brother, my siamese, my twin
my better half, my other side
my friend, philosopher, and guide
what’s left behind we do not know
it’s the way the story goes
here today, gone tomorrow
we live here on time borrowed
here we started and there we departed
lost in the count and never counted
no matter what you say it doesn’t matter anyway
you cannot return and you cannot stay

– Nausher


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It draws their gaze across placid curves
Do they thirst for a sip of fire
The heart beats hollow in mind caves
Tribal moans in primal pyres

Bated breath baited eyes 
Are we willing to wait for stillness
The perfume of cinnamon on your sighs
Surrounds our stones and our senses

In a ghostly haze that sets us free
We search what we carefully conceal
I wonder if we are aware
Of the shadows and light that haunt us there

We watch the beauty of the bare
The empty walls we cannot share
You walk with me in black and white
With velvet coat in velvet night

Through impervious apathy
And slavish parables of duty
Let us breathe even for a moment
At the edge of earth the skin of infinity –

– Nausher Nash


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The house on the rock, the writing on the wall
Give me back my secrets before I fall
Inside of me, in spite of me
I have the key, I have the key
It doesn’t matter how you persist
If it is not in frame it doesn’t exist –

Nausher Nash Banaji Duo


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Beauty makes a heaven of hell, there was a time it knew me well
Walls don’t work, you always say, but open the doors anyway
I can stand, I can fall, it’s my choice to fly or crawl
What I love and what I hate are the hands that guide my fate – Nausher Nash Banaji Duo


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Water on the shore, fate at my door
I dont care anymore if I’m a prince or a whore
The Savonarolas of the world have been at it for centuries
Burning down beauty in a bonfire of the vanities
Praising the ugly and questioning our sanity
In the name of love everything is profanity
I shoot and I write – That’s what takes me through the night
I have beauty on my brain like you probably have money, god and fame
Let Savonarola come and burn it all down
My finger is on the shutter and I still wear the crown


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When I see the rabid, virtue signalling pc mob on social media
I’m reminded of all the other times they frothed their hysteria
Here they come with pitchforks and pamphlets
Spitting out commandments from their broken tablets
I can smell the rancid sweat of their hate and ignorance,
Their bad breath and their bad opinions
I’m seeing their posts, gnarled, plastic and empty
Their faces oozing ugliness, wearing masks to hide the ugly
Out of their septic holes they hiss and they spew
Box cars to ‘protection camps’ – they are the first in que
-Nausher Nash


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In the end it is all just a speck in my eye
I just want to take a moment to say goodbye
I know I made a mistake coming here again
Can I remind myself of what, where and when
In a dream and a prophecy, barely a trace of that place in me
I look in the mirror and all I see, the ebb and flow of memory – NausherNash


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This is my temple
And I am it’s priest
This is my religion
And I am it’s prophet
This is my world
And I am it’s god
The night is done
Gone with the wind of the first sun
Dreams on ice
Crucified twice
I want to be alone with me
A transparent layer in history
You ask if I’m religious and this is what I say
I kneel to the naked and to beauty I pray
I see the winding vines of history
Splattered with blood and blame
And every decision ever made
Has vanity in its name

-Nausher Nash Banaji Duo


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Come, let’s play Armchair Jesus
Saving the world online
One Facebook post at a time
Playing victim and saviour in turn
While our own house burns
We tear down our culture and what have we built
We’ve unlearned our history with flag-waving guilt
We just need clicks on our posts to feel fulfilled-

Nausher Nash Banaji Duo


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If you are going to die anyway, you might as well die with memories of love, lust and desire
Your body may have failed but your heart is still on fire
There is something about nudity, and the cross, that takes me higher


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Kissing you kissing me
The ebb and flow of the sheltering sea
Somewhere between here and why
The truth and lie of my alibi
 
Open your doors to what might be
The ebb and flow of the sheltering sea
Somewhere between where and why
The lost empire of the firefly
 
Feel beauty and you are free
The ebb and flow of the sheltering sea
Somewhere between how and why
The prophecy of the magpie –
Nausher Nash Banaji Duo


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Don’t play victim Don’t play saviour
We are bored with your behaviour
We are bored with all the flag-waving guilt
You tear down culture but what have you yourself built
You are just a creature who needs clicks to feel fulfilled – Nausher Nash Banaji Duo


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I see you like this

naked on the veranda of an Italian villa

looking down at a throbbing mob of lovers

a cigarette in one hand, regret in the other

watching their yearning with your cold dark eyes

watching them burning, hearing their sighs

you see the swell of the surging crowd

you hear them chant your name aloud

enchantment in one hand, in the other hand a shroud


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You ask me if I’m religious and this is what I say
I kneel to the naked and to beauty I pray

I can see the winding vines of history
Splattered with blood and blame
And every decision that was made
Had vanity in its name

 

 

 


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When I look at you I see sand whispering in the hourglass
I see the colour in your eyes change as the hours pass
Beauty – there was a time it knew me
Changing turning I could never find the key
And our days fly by like fireflies into the sea

I’m happy not to survive to see the decay of your beauty

Nausher Nash Banaji Duo


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Don’t flatter yourself darling, it’s not to be

Don’t go confusing youth for beauty

Dont mistake the tautness of skin with the angles of bone

When you face the mirror you stand alone

Everything is not equal, and everyone is not the same

I know everything there is to know about the blame game

Time changes everything in a film running backwards

You keep moving your goalposts and shifting your standards

The beginning is the end but not everything ends well

You will find hell in heaven and heaven in hell

They may mock you and jeer and you might scoff

You have reached the edge of earth my darling

And are in danger of falling off


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I’ve been standing watching the light fading
Watching
the day passing and the night returning
Standing, watching the mirrors
pretending
Losing beauty, watching my life turning
Burning, watching my past erasing
Unbeing, unseeing what i’m seeing
Even as the mirrors are breaking – Nausher Nash Banaji Duo


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I’m walking down my night mind

Searching for what is mine

I have been running down passages

But all I see is the empty spaces

Did I see a shadow stir

I’m still waiting for an answer

Through the sandglass and into the sea

I’m waiting for the waves to bring myself back to me

Nausher Nash Banaji Duo


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Why this, why that, and why
Turn a blind eye, and say goodbye
in your dreams you can hear your laughter
You can hear your screams the morning after

Why this, why that, and why
Look up at the sky and wait for the lie
You loose your way walking down the track
Nothing to say, ricochet those dead years back

Why this, why that, and why
You wish you could fly, a pie in the sky
Counting your chances, a thousand to one,
Hand on your heart, eyes on the eclipsed sun


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Why this, why that, and why
Raise your hands up high, on your lips feel a sigh
You go down on your knees
Open your heart to the moon and the chilling breeze

Why this, why that, and why
Look up at the sky and wait for the lie
White grows gray, gray glows black
Nothing to say, ricochet those dead years back

Why this, why that, and why
Looking up the hill at the pie in the sky
Counting your chances, a thousand to one,
An ear on your heart, eyes on an eclipsed sun

 


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You go down on your knee
Open your heart to the moon and the bottomless sea
Look up at to the sky and sigh
Why this, why that, and why

White grows gray, gray glows black
Nothing to say, ricochet those dead years back
Look up at the sky and lie
Why this, why that, and why

Count your chances, a thousand to one,
An ear on your heart, eyes on an eclipsed sun

Look up high at the pie in the sky

Why this, why that, and why

 

 


Where is the Seraphim welcoming me in
Watch me pass through heaven’s gate
I can’t remember where I have been
I’m sorry darling it’s been so late

Where is the Seraphim welcoming me in
See the power of beauty one last time
All the fairy tales were wrong in the end
They made ugliness a virtue and beauty a crime

Where is the Seraphim welcoming me in
Those truths are gone those lies were a game
Your sins are a gift your virtues forgiven
You learnt praise and blame are all the same – Nausher Nash Banaji Duo


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Where is the Seraphim welcoming me in
When i pass through heaven’s gate
I can’t remember where I have been
I’m sorry darling it’s been so late
Where is the Seraphim welcoming me in
See that power of beauty one last time
All the fairy tales were wrong in the end
They made ugliness a virtue and beauty a crime
Where is the Seraphim welcoming me in
Truths change and lies are just a game
Tonight those distant stars are shining bright again
You learnt that praise and blame are all the same – Nausher Nash Banaji Duo


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The bellows are burned
The ire is consumed in the fire
Nothing is learned
You leave the ones you desire
The finger points to you but that is nothing new
The gods that created thunder and rain also created you
Provoke yourself with a myriad of mirrored faces
Trace the scars back to all those hidden places
You see yourself sitting naked on the sand
A promise and a prophecy in each hand
You mirror a mirage moving alone
You call out but it is gone
A ripple of gasps from behind a curtain
You part them only to enter oblivion


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Spend enough time in libraries and you find
 that everything is related, everything is connected
Christ and crutches
Guilt and guillotines
Penises and propaganda
Erotica and enlightenment
Climate and constipation
Martyrs and masturbation

Woke and broke


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Ignorance about the past leads to arrogance about the future
Maybe a mirror will garner the truth better
The truth is time changes everything
In a film running backwards
Where a beginning is the end
But not everything ends well
Dream meets poetry
Words are the clay of history
You have reached the edge of the earth
And you are in danger of falling off
Out of the bubble and into the sea
Lemmings off the cliff who think they are free
Burnt at the stake for everyone else’s mistake
Constipated guilt as you march to save civilization
This relish to swim in this fetid sewer of self-flagellation. – Nausher Nash Banaji Duo


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We are just peasants floundering in the snow

What colour is the wind we do not know

Between rapture and ecstasy

Everything seems like summer to me

And everything seems like fall

It matters more than you will ever see

And it matters nothing at all

My god is beautiful, strong, and naked

I kneel at Her sculpted alter

And worship at Her renaissance feet

And when the music stops and the mirror shatters

She reminds me why beauty matters.

– Nausher Nash Banaji Duo


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You preach love but you justify hate
Feelings are facts and words are bait
Flagellate yourself with guilt and demand reparations
You are the saviour you say of desperate nations
You talk about one world but are blind to all others
There is comfort among sheep when others are ogres
You say it is a debate but you argue with labels
Best blur the lines between facts and fables
You see truths as opinions, and opinions as slurs
You are falling over like lemmings to out-woke your brothers
You choose Barabbas to go free and burn Joan at the stake
You stone the Semites as they kneel and call history a fake
Your kindness is your shield, being offended is your sword
Tell me who died and anointed you god
All the simple truths are false and all the complex ones are unusable.
When everyone is saving the world you are disposable
– Nausher Nash Banaji Duo


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You worship your celluloid puppets
Your sports shows, your stereo heroes
I must atone for everything I have known
I just worship the beauty of skin
The beauty of stone

You worship your intoxications
Your bundles of green, your what-might-have-beens
I must atone for everything I have known
I just worship the beauty of skin
The beauty of stone

You worship your TV noose
Your games of win or loose
I must atone for everything I have known
I just worship the beauty of skin
The beauty of stone – Nausher Nash Banaji Duo


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You are standing on the crosswalk

Listening to the crosstalk

Waiting to catch up with your past

And your future just passed

You catch your reflection

Kissing your assassin

Waiting to catch up with your past

And your future just passed

You pictures mildew on the floor

Your beauty ghosts out the door

Waiting to catch up with your past

And your future just passed

 

 

 

 

 


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You’ve been faulted and you’ve been feted
You’ve been excluded you’ve been exalted
When seeking the sacred always be naked

You’ve been exhausted and you’ve been enchanted
You’ve been devoted and you’ve been detested
When seeking the sacred always be naked

You’ve been beloved and you’ve been blighted
You’ve been invited and you’ve been invaded
When seeking the sacred always be naked

You’ve been heralded and you’ve been hated
You’ve been trumpeted and you’ve been tormented
When seeking the sacred always be naked


You’ve been perverted and you’ve been perfected
You’ve been erected and you’ve been eroded
When seeking the sacred always be naked

You’ve been lambasted and you’ve been lamented
You’ve been garrotted and you’ve been garlanded
When seeking the sacred always be naked – Nausher

 

 

 

 


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Here I sit, there you stand
Silence has handcuffed your hands
Stretch the night to meet the sun
Open the day with the keys to the kingdom
Touch the space between your head and your face
Brace for the sacred in that secret place – Nausher Nash Banaji Duo


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The house on the rock, the writing on the wall
Watch the tides rise and fall
Inside of me, in spite of me
Mene mene, I have the key
Love, lust, desire are tightly braided
Beauty is sublime and the sublime sacred
The sacred, remember, is always naked – Nausher Nash Banaji Duo


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Mirror mirror on the wall
What do we see before we fall
The poetry of memories and lust
Ashes to ashes dust to dust
Kissed by the flame, we meander in a mist
If we’re not in frame we do not exist
We stumble between the blur and the after
We leave behind our breath on the mirror


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You are a poet in a nation of shopkeepers
You are a prophet in seas of insanity
You are the head on a coin
A message, a sign
You are nothing
Yet you are the messiah
You’re daughter of lightning
You’re goddess of thunder
The power of beauty
The beauty of power – Nausher Nash Banaji Duo


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You look up to the skies
And this is your prayer

The power of beauty
The beauty of power

This is your pain
This is your pleasure

The power of beauty
The beauty of power

Put on your face
This is your armour

The power of beauty
The beauty of power

This is the question
This is the answer

The power of beauty
The beauty of power

You are the book
You are it’s author

The power of beauty
The beauty of power

Daughter of lightning
You’re goddess of thunder

The power of beauty
The beauty of power


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The house on the rock, the writing on the wall
Give me back my secrets before I fall
Inside of me, in spite of me
I have the key, I have the key

The wound I wear, look back and stare
Nobody cares darling, nobody cares
Fragile as glass, as reflections in glass
Put on your happy face and let it pass

I leave the mirror, I enter the room
I walk the path from bloom to tomb
I stumble between the blur and the after
I leave behind my breath on the mirror
– Nausher Nash Banaji Duo


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I have been walking a straight line

Searching for what is mine

I’m looking over my shoulder

Searching for the soul in sculpture

I have been running down passages

Can’t turn the page, I can’t turn the pages

Waiting in the dark for dawn to near

I’m waiting for an end, the end is clear

Through the sandglass and into the sea

I’m waiting for the waves to bring myself back to me

– Nausher Nash Banaji Duo

 

 


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I love watching the city when it is raining
I watch it cry like its heart is breaking
I watch lights shimmer by my side
Watch shadows glow and glide
I’m standing watching people run
Watching them praying for the sun
Another one bites the dust
And another one bites the dust


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Beneath my mask I see a face
An angel beneath my wings
I hear the skies whisper grace
Whisper of those little things
I’m the bones beneath the clay
In the hours time swept away
I sit and wait for tomorrow
To remove the mask that I borrowed – Nausher Nash Banaji Duo

 

 

 


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I have been walking a straight line
 
Walking down my night mind
 
Searching for what is mine
 
Looking into my rear view mirror
 
Looking over my shoulder
 
I don’t know what I’m searching for
 
I have been running down passages
 
Can’t turn the page, I can’t turn the pages
 
All I see is empty spaces
 
Did I see a shadow stir
 
I’m still waiting for the answer
 
I’m waiting for your answer – Nausher Nash Banaji Duo

 

 


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Remember Joan of Arc?
 
Betrayed by the very king and country she gave her life for
 
Burnt alive at 19 by the very church she lived her life for
 
Is this what happens when you answer the call
 
What chance have you got darling, no chance at all
 
Hold it higher she said, I can see the river bend
 
Keep it always in my sight until the end
 
Higher so I can see the cross above the flames
 
I have learned praise and blame are all the same
 
It’s not tears, it’s smoke in my eyes
 
I seek the heavens, I search the skies
 
Standing in the fire looking out to sea
 
Waiting for the waves to bring the water back to me
 
– NausherNash


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The house on the rock, the writing on the wall
Give me back my secrets before I fall
Inside of me, in spite of me
I have the key, I have the key
The wound I wear, look back and stare
Nobody cares darling, nobody cares
Fragile as glass, as reflections in glass
Put on your happy face and let it pass
Listen to the sound of the hourglass flow
Listen to the sound of your shadow
Break the chains and feel the rain
I drink this water and am parched again – Nausher Nash Banaji Duo


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Achingly naked, seeking the sacred
All the love and all the hatred
You know, Odi et amo

In this year of grace, fallen from grace
Follow your heart to that secret place
You know, Odi et amo

Nothing is the same, its all a game
Start the day by laying blame
You know, Odi et amo

Dust to dust, the ache of lust,
Your blood resembles the color of rust
You know, Odi et amo – Nausher Nash Banaji Duo


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Achingly naked, seeking the sacred
All the love and all the hatred
You know, Odi et amo

In this year of grace, fallen from grace
Follow your heart to that secret place
You know, Odi et amo

Nothing is the same, its all a game
Start the day by laying blame
You know, Odi et amo

The ache of longing, the dust of lust,
Your blood resembles the color of rust
You know, Odi et amo
– Nausher Nash Banaji


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Your hands don’t hold the answer

Hold it higher, she said, hold it higher

Higher so I can see the cross above the flames

Praise and blame, darling, are all the same

It’s not tears, it’s smoke in my eyes

I seek the heavens, I search the skies

Born of tempests, a warrior at the mouth of dawn

I am a child of beauty in a storm

Standing in the fire looking out to sea

Waiting for the waves to bring the water back to me – NausherNash


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See my face beneath this mask, it is me
See the angel beneath the wings, it is me
I’m that face, I’m the skin, I am the girth beneath it
I’m the angel, I’m the wings, I’m the earth beneath it
I’m the bones beneath the clay
In the hours time swept away
I sit and wait for tomorrow
to remove the mask that I borrowed
– N|M


See my face beneath this mask, it is me
See the angel beneath the wings, it is me
I’m that face, I’m the skin, I am the girth beneath it
I’m the angel, I’m the wings, I’m the earth beneath it
I’m the bones beneath the clay
I’m the hours time swept away
Here I sit waiting for the morrow
Here today gone to sorrow
– Nausher Nash Banaji Duo


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See my face beneath this mask, it is me
See the angel beneath the wings, it is me
I’m that face, I’m the skin, I am the girth beneath it
I’m the angel, I’m the wings, I’m the earth beneath it
I’m the bones beneath the clay
I’m the storm it swept away
Here I sit waiting for the morrow
Here today gone to sorrow
– Nausher Nash Banaji Duo


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See my face beneath this mask, it is me
I’m that face, I’m the skin and I am the girth beneath it
I’m the bones beneath the clay
Here I sit waiting for the morrow
Here today gone to sorrow
See the archangel beneath the wings, it is me
I’m the archangel, and the wings, and the earth beneath it
I’m the storm I’m feeling swept away
Here I sit waiting for the morrow
Here today gone to sorrow
Nausher Nash Banaji Duo


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The light is fading and we’ve been waiting all day
I’m too tired to sleep, tell me can I please stay
Feels like my heart is beating in these stones
Feels like their scars run deep into my bones
On the breath of the wind the murmur of prayers pass
It’s a thing of beauty and so it cannot last
The bells ring and it’s more than I can bear
It’s not over yet, but it’s getting there
Nausher Nash Banaji Duo