A Man who knows his God

 

To lose a part of a lung
At twenty-two and still stick
To the path you rightly chose – –

To look at suffering in the eye
And say: “This city does not know
How to cry”, and not step back – –

To speak about things the past
Pretended not to see – –
To cross the border of the will

And bring back some of those
Who had lost all hope,
Is a gesture that resonates

Uncommon in troubled times:
So different from those who came before,
You are a man who knows his God.

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About VijayNair

I retired as Associate Professor, Department of English, Government Victoria College Palakkad, Kerala. I taught English Language and Literature in various colleges for 31 years. My Ph.D. thesis was on the plays of Wole Soyinka. My collections of verse include "The City and the Hermitage" (1988), "Doors Swing Open" (2008), "Eyes" (2010) and "Whispers of Light in Darkness" (2013). My poems have also appeared in the International Anthologies "I am a Poet" (2013), "With Love" (2013), "Synthesis" (2014) "Poetic Symphonies" (2015) and "Heavenly Hymns" (2015).

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