Fire

 
Splashing water on her face
She remembered broken bird calls
While anecdotes were passed around
 
The campfire of laughing friends:
The sidelong glance and smile
She captured,and the flapping of wings within.
 
Breathing the cool air of valleys
The wilderness strangely summoned up
Memories of sweat-soaked wrinkled sheets
 
Discarded signature tunes and fading scars
Deserted park benches and reluctant farewells
To a city challenged by self-love
 
Where words eavesdrop on words
And unruly whispers rain on
A raga of unsuspecting flames.
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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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