At 82

She spent

Half her life
Half-asleep

Waiting
For the postman
To fill

The emptiness
Within
With letters

From scattered
Children
Left on the window sill —

Now at 82
She discovers
Her world

Has shrunk too
Within
A numbered cell

With a woman
Telling her
She could leave

A voice message
If she
Wanted to.

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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).

11 thoughts on “At 82

  1. GEETHA RAVINDRAN

    The pathetic life of a woman who spends the whole of her for her family & later dejected totally….. Well depicted

    Reply
  2. Kumaara Sukeja

    A vivid portrayal ! the penmanship reflects the yearning of the poet to awaken the Social conscience from its slumber..

    Reply

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