Midnight

We rave as the train
Plunges into the lake

And the ferocious waves
Rush into what we thought

Were watertight compartments
Of our lives: growing up, falling

In love, a walk in the park
And death in old age —

Ourselves forever lost
In hidden wills and what

We once endlessly called
Our heritage, neck-deep

In mire and sacrilege
Our roles reversed

Who will now dive
And save our slippery souls?

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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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