Low Hopes

Seer, what did you see in the lake?
I saw tri-coloured flags fly streaming in the sky
white balloons with 無 on them
in the corridors of black mantled oceans
Saw a man beheaded by a building’s scythe
in a field of tall stilts, walking over the moon’s streetlights
Saw ten thousand ping pong balls oscillate to tuning forks
Heard ten guitars floating into mountains of dead bodies
tasting the thunder when it was green
Saw your lips and breath writhe under my hands
like your dun coloured breasts and melting time pieces
There were hidden valleys that swam into view across chequered blankets
smelling of sandalwood and soft as the fuzz above your small upper lip
Saw the skeletal rats dragging their bellies through the undergrowth of your vegetation
in your armpits and between, in the nodal space of your maddening thighs
But still the sound of bullets whizzed by me like bee stings
calling me to death early
though I kept fighting
Seer, did you see your death or the race’s?
Saw the valley of ribs and not one was singing
no more were those damp black eyes ethereal and killing
no more were the golden sheaves fit for being made rings
Long lines of bodiless legs
and insects with sewing
embroidering the age’s story
on her skin in blue, braiding
its woes and triumphs! –
how fate changed almost nothing
A few leaves could be kept on the tree’s branches fluttering
longer or mate in a little waltz in spring rain
but nothing else changed
and finally I lay dying
closing my eyes
near the lake, no more seeing

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Dr A.V. Koshy is presently working as Assistant Professor in Dept. of English, Faculty of Arts and Humanities, Jazan University, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. He has authored or co-authored seven or eight books of poetry, theory and criticism. He is an editor and anthologist. He is also a distinguished teacher of the English language and literature and a critic, with a Ph.D in modern poetry, specifically Samuel Beckett's poems in English. He was a Pushcart Prize nominee for poetry in 2012 and his book Art of Poetry was selected as Best Reads 2012 by Butterfly and the Bee. He has been editor's pick on Camel Saloon thrice and poet of the month thrice in Destiny Poets UK besides often having his poems appear in the highly selected category. Has other international awards, diplomas and certificates to his credit too.

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