Interlude

What echoed in our minds while we stood
In the emptied theatre, was the applause
Of the audience, after the successful tragedy
 
They probably would never experience
All their lives.But you and I who were there
When the curtain finally dropped, knew well
 
How our unscripted Interlude
Through the tense rehearsals of the week
When no prompter in the wings helped us with our lines
 
Threatened to disrupt the tenor of the Acts:
How could I kill you in their world
And love your life in mine?
 
The lights were switched off, one by one
As we slipped out of our skins–
Somehow that summer stripped bare
 
All the inhibitions that love brings with it
Until words were drowned in sweat
Between the laughter after dinner and the early breakfast.
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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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