Distilled Dreams

Under an overcast sky
Filled with question marks and guile
You and I stood, face to face
Making sure that the mirrors of our eyes
Were not cheated by our smile
 
For we could not ignore
The stinging silence between words
And old riddles collecting dust
And though we did not know
What is what and who is who
 
We kissed and bravely snubbed
Time’s smug smile and shout
Unwrapped our distilled dreams
And blessing each other, forsake
The desert of fruitless doubt.
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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 “Distilled Dreams

  1. louiskasatkin

    The casual reader will find silences,mirrors,dreams and such stuff as might implicate the ghost of Borges.

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    1. VijayNair Post author

      Thank you,Louis,for your observation but, I am afraid, Borges has not been an influence on my writing.The major poets I admire are Eliot,Yeats,Auden,Larkin,Walcott,A.K.Ramanujan,N. Ezekiel,and R.S. Thomas. I have read some of Borges’s short stories but not his poems.

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  2. Sarala Ramkamal

    … Making sure that the mirrors of our eyes
    Were not cheated by our smile …

    …..

    ….., forsake
    The desert of fruitless doubt……

    this is a calling …. for our fruitful co-existing … more than anything I felt the very highly motivated thinking of east here … and isn’t this the nature’s way ?

    I am very happy to read such poems.. great one and will stay here with me for sometime.. !!

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