Phreatic murmurs

I will not be drawn into
your vortex of love and dreams
for they are to me distant mists
I hear what you say
I feel the sadness
I want to comfort you
So I say what I say
But that isn’t love
I know

For love is all-consuming fire
That eats you up as you gape
at the beauty of the flames
For the fire lit in me then
sometimes rises
sometimes subsides
to a pinpoint glow
but it is there
lit by the flame

from a volcano
that lies dormant
before spewing
molten rock
spitting at the sky
At the unfairness
of being rooted
At the sky that darkens
and the clouds that flood

without warning washing away
in arrogance the mites
teeming the earth
Of being bound
by the river that flows across
its chest unable to flow as one
As the lava bubbles and
bursts forth in fiery splendour
on the nights and days when

the earth bares
herself to the moon

Vineetha Mekkoth
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About Vineetha

Poet, writer, translator, editor Based in India. Has published poems in various anthologies. Is on the translators panel of the Kerala Sahitya Academy. Her poems have been included in the Brian Wrixon anthologies 'Words on the Winds of Change' and 'Women of One World'. She has also coauthored a poem with Gaurangi Patel which has been included in the 'Duet Anthology' brought out by XpressPublications. She has been selected for the ICOP Critics Award for March 2015 and her poem 'Reflections' is on the list of Highly Commended poems for the month selected by Destiny Poets, UK. In April 2015 her poem was published on the blog 'Incredible Women of India'. In the same month, April 2015, her poem 'Ashtavakra' was chosen as the Poem of the Month by Destiny Poets' International Community of Poets. In July 2015 her poem 'Nightscape' was one of the Highly recommended poems by Destiny Poets. So too in October 2015 her poem, 'Peace Always' was in the list of Highly Recommended poems by ICOP. Has been co-editor of 'Umbilical Chords: An Anthology on Parents Remembered'. Her debut poetry collection, 'Ashtavakra and Other Poems' was published in August 2017 by Authorspress, New Delhi

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