Everywhere and Nowhere

Hanging on the wall is a photograph of grandmother:
Her sepia-tinged impish smile
Drawing you through the black and white mysteries
Of childhood, to the bald is beautiful
Potbellied bloke at the steering wheel
Who finds happiness in the sanctity of a memory
Of clutching her gnarled fingers
During their clandestine visits to the unnamed shrine
In the unbroken heart of the forest
Undisturbed by the bird shrieks of falling trees
Which he now remembers, stuck
In yet another traffic jam,
Between the wild honking and colourful cursing
And the crossed signals of anxious people
Going everywhere and nowhere.
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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 “Everywhere and Nowhere

  1. Nalini Srivastava

    very beautiful poignant word portrait Vijay Sir.While reading your work I could not but help looking at my grand ma’s picture who was my friend,philosopher and guide.

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