If by chance we were to meet again

(For K and N)
If by chance we were to meet again
Would you recognize me through the shroud of fog and see
The bearded lover I used to be
Or would you only bear witness to
A heavily bandaged
Skeleton with a guiltless grin, teeth askew?
If by chance we were to meet again
Would you at journey’s end imagine
The fifteen wounds stamped upon my skin
Or the impatient water rushing into my lungs
When I was drowned to death
By the frenzied hands of those who loved you once?
If by chance we were to meet again
Would your eyes grown weak with grief, not see
A staring stranger or hear his heart’s silent soliloquy
On how he wished he had another life to live:
Tongueless to tell you how much more love
He had with him to give.
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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).

4 thoughts on “If by chance we were to meet again

    1. VijayNair Post author

      Thank you very much, Louis. Kevin, a young man residing here in Kerala, was allegedly murdered by his wife’s relatives, in what the media and contemporary society insanely call ‘an honor killing.’ His wife’s heart-rending sobbing captured on prime time television was painful to see. Her name is Neenu.


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