Album

The camera clicks you smiling, standing at the edge,
Flirting with danger and with the photographer,
In your plaited hair and pleated skirt
Your teeth-embracing braces and with beads
Of sweat decorating your forehead.
 
This was long before our palms accidentally touched
In a library where you came to borrow books
And I to catch your eye.This was long before
Laughter slipped out of our lives
Unnoticed like an uninvited wedding guest.
 
Now you look back at the album
Like a child peering through barbed wire
And your eyes reflect an innocence
I last saw when grandmother, bent double
With age and wisdom, holding a broom
 
In the background of your snap
Shouting at you to move away from death,
Moved on herself with her memories–
And all the neighboring homes huddled together
Sharing a common sorrow and you sobbed.
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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).

6 thoughts on “Album

  1. suzette portes san jose

    memories are held from the start to the end… the beginning that breaks through life and to the passing of the same life…lovely write my friend …

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