Friends in the Wilderness

Armed with cameras
Framed by a blessing
Of twigs, friends

Wait in a sudden clearing
Surrounded by splashes
Of wildernesss:

One bathed in sunlight
Waiting to shoot
Invisible birds

Whose voices tease
And can be heard – –
The other remembers

And waits to get rid
Of twig-cluttered thoughts
And make a clearing

In his head – –
Friends, who understand
The language of silence

Between friends, and the patience
Needed for the right click – –
Collecting memories

Like firewood
To light up their city-bred
Lives.

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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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