Coffee House : 1979

There are too many people in this place
And the air is hoarse with nicotine-talk
Yet like an old refrain your feet return
To rest upon this faithful rock
For so indeed it is: a kind of modern shrine
Where congregations of young men accept
A cup of coffee and the penance of a bill —

And in every season you can hear
The chant of happy acolytes
Blessing films and motorcycles
Sprinkling one topic and the next
As fast as turbaned waiters
Those relics of the past who balance
Six treacherous plates at once.

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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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