I sore

This that reeks
and festers in you,
is yours alone.
When you see it
for what it is,
only then will you
seek a cure.

Till then you will carry it
as though it does not exist.
As though you are Ratnakara
Bearing the burden
placed on you by others.

As though it is a pain you live with
because you can’t let go.
As though it is a hump on your back
or as though it is
Saleem Sinai’s protuberant proboscis.
Ugly but inseparable.

Till it is twilight time,
for amputation.

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Note:
1. Ratnakara – the original name of Valmiki, the bandit turned sage who wrote the Ramayana
2. Saleem Sinai – the protagonist of Midnight’s Children

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About Vineetha

Poet, writer, translator, editor Based in India. Has published poems in various anthologies. Is on the translators panel of the Kerala Sahitya Academy. Her poems have been included in the Brian Wrixon anthologies 'Words on the Winds of Change' and 'Women of One World'. She has also coauthored a poem with Gaurangi Patel which has been included in the 'Duet Anthology' brought out by XpressPublications. She has been selected for the ICOP Critics Award for March 2015 and her poem 'Reflections' is on the list of Highly Commended poems for the month selected by Destiny Poets, UK. In April 2015 her poem was published on the blog 'Incredible Women of India'. In the same month, April 2015, her poem 'Ashtavakra' was chosen as the Poem of the Month by Destiny Poets' International Community of Poets. In July 2015 her poem 'Nightscape' was one of the Highly recommended poems by Destiny Poets. So too in October 2015 her poem, 'Peace Always' was in the list of Highly Recommended poems by ICOP. Has been co-editor of 'Umbilical Chords: An Anthology on Parents Remembered'. Her debut poetry collection, 'Ashtavakra and Other Poems' was published in August 2017 by Authorspress, New Delhi

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