Marble and Rock

Amidst deafening notes
Of drum and pipe
Her verse was strangled
By a cold dry stare
And a chain
A bored voice tied.

And shaking heads
Bade her resign
The flame along
The rhythmic line
To the fire under
The frying pan —

Wandering between
Stove and clothesline
Despair
Crawled
Into the clock
And shaking heads

“From now on”
Bade her scan
Between stray coughs
And the stinging smoke
The price
Of peas and potatoes.

In the prison
Of monosyllabic
Prose
Hands that chiselled
Marble
Bled by rock.

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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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