Here and Now

A toothless smile brings you to this place:
Forever young,
Her wrinkles are filled with fables

Of fine warriors, and love stories
Brought to their final rest
In the reckless drone-drawn dawn – –

Her eyes glow through the rubble
Of memories and the grief of forgetting – –
One of a kind, she grasps

The sense of what you mumble.
Her weathered words and flailing arms
Urge you to nod in agreement

Or keep a profound silence – –
This is no time for shallow repartees:
History is here and now.

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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 “Here and Now

  1. Madhumathy

    The ravages of time succeed in drawing lines on your countenance but fails to suppress the the spirit. A beautiful portrayal of a person who is a treasure trove of folklore and history.

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