Childhood

Your childhood follows you everywhere
Tugging at your sleeve
Demanding to be heard–
 
Reminding you that this was where
You learned to catch
Tossed up peanuts in your mouth
 
To impress a braided smile
And nearly choked to death–
This was long before doors were opened
 
And shut, and strangers became lovers
And lovers, strangers–
This was where the nameless found their names
 
And miracles explained themselves–
You offer the wisdom of dying years
To this your sleepy-eyed younger self:
 
Your childhood laughs, shrugging off
Your unsolicited advice, and whistling
Skips along, kicking at small stones.
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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).

8 thoughts on “Childhood

  1. Nalini Srivastava

    a beautiful nostalgic work that takes us on visual whirlwind trip to childhood with our perfectly chosen words Sir

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