Rain flies

Rain flies
———–
On the white six-petalled flower she lay
Floating dreamily
Watching as the hill fell away
Down the road cut into its side.
As he nuzzled into
Where the stream began
She clutched at the creepers
Snaking up her belly
And hummed a song
Inaudible to the human race
Which was wrapped in its jingoistic
Rhythm of wealth, honour, power, pride
Deaf to all else
Blind to all else
Bowing and feeding the demons
Of war, hatred, class,
With puny imbeciles like him and her.

The trees grew close here.
Sanctuary he called it.
Her laughter broke the stillness
That had pooled up
In green shallows between their
Mirthful silences.
Deserts he used to call those
When she rewarded his questions
With a smile that
Crept into his frowns kissing away
The squiggly lines wondering
What she said unsaid.

The rains have come bringing with them
All the rain flies about to end their lives
Around some unfeeling undead light.

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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