Firing Squad: 1987

After the chain
Has been tightened
By the conspirators
The man and the woman
 
Stand still
In front of the firing squad
Of photographers
Who shoot
 
Memories
For chocolate – stained faces
That chuckle
As the bonds of the album
 
Are loosened
And a new generation
Is ready to be slaughtered
By ceremony and flowers
 
And a thousand assassins
Armed with
Sharp
Tongues and appetites.
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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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