Once Upon a Star…

There is a sadness in the song you lip-sync
And beyond the lyrics and the music
I sense a sadness drowned in drink

Reclining in your air-conditioned Mercedes Benz
Remember that the sea once snuggled up to your private beach
And waves of screaming fans surged toward the fence

You spurned the autographs and the pretense
And turned a tattooed back to climb the stairs:
Everything was fine and flawless then and made sense

Like Vincent Van Gogh’s ”The Starry Night” —
Now a child’s insistent tapping on the glass
Screeches you back at the red traffic light

Unsettling a montage of awkward memories and fears
Reeking of squashed flowers and a trophy-hugging speech
Defying translation into common sense or jeers.

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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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