Name a name

It doesn’t really matter if you can’t remember

If it happened yesterday

Or the day before:

Sitting on the fence, you sense

You are not to blame.

Name a name – –

In the blink of a bloodshot eye

Who knows what lurks beneath

The breathless skin? Who can smell

The scent of senseless flesh?

I am not to blame.

Name a name – –

In the awakened sky’s blessed fields

Under a streetlamp’s haloed light

Or in the muffled shadows of a dream

A young girl screams. Another name.

We are all to blame.

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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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