Nadezhda, where are you tonight?
In which of hell’s rooms are you waiting for the lights
to be switched on for the next ugly performance
the next no guerilla video, the next curve of art’s sad-edged flight
Nadezhda, I reach out for you from the other end of delight

Nadezhda, Pussy Riot has now become a fight
over one more wintry Russian street that speaks of a new night
The lamp posts sullen in the red or orange sodium vapour glow of sight
Nadezhda, all over the world the icicles catch fright

This must be how suddenly one is rocketed to fame
Malala and you seem to be two sides of a coin’s blight
tossed in the air by a careless hand
indifferent to right
only the echoes of mankind’s or man’s old cry of the power of might

Nadezhda, alone I look at your picture and wish
for freedom first, and only then this question of conscience
Ever we walk, even into death, in this fear of common sense
all over the world, while you go to the grave
vanished, one fine night!

Nadezhda, I look at your face
helpless in my plight
I pray to you to give me this day
sleep, and peace and rest
What they took away from you
Nadezhda, don’t deny
to your votaries, as you
now stand for the one light
They did not want Pussy Riot
but pussies will riot
and all over the world still spread
their Black Forest fungus

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Dr A.V. Koshy is presently working as Assistant Professor in Dept. of English, Faculty of Arts and Humanities, Jazan University, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. He has authored or co-authored seven or eight books of poetry, theory and criticism. He is an editor and anthologist. He is also a distinguished teacher of the English language and literature and a critic, with a Ph.D in modern poetry, specifically Samuel Beckett's poems in English. He was a Pushcart Prize nominee for poetry in 2012 and his book Art of Poetry was selected as Best Reads 2012 by Butterfly and the Bee. He has been editor's pick on Camel Saloon thrice and poet of the month thrice in Destiny Poets UK besides often having his poems appear in the highly selected category. Has other international awards, diplomas and certificates to his credit too.

5 thoughts on “Nadezhda

  1. Louis Kasatkin

    ” Riot means uproar ” ,is in all respects a true example of a Panegyric.
    Quite solemn in its way,perhaps a more ascetic title featuring the name of Nadezhda would have been suitable ?

  2. Louis Kasatkin

    Destiny Poets’ International Community of Poets ( ICOP ) are pleased to announce that for November 2013 , the following works have been chosen in the categories of Poem of the Month and Highly Commended . **** Poem of the Month..****…”On Children’s Day ” by Nalini Srivastava…..In the Category of *** Highly Commended *** ( tabulated alphabetically ) are the following……*”Crackers (2)” by Mary Annie*…*”Debate” by Gopal Lahiri*…*”Deception” by Jan Christian Sorensen*…*”Destiny” by Jeffrey Gonell*…*”Dreams of a flower” by Ramesh Rai…*”Femme Fatale” by Madhumita Ghosh*…*”Intel Might” by Tapeshwar Prasad…*”Life,A Hope and Death” by Rakesh Ramachandran*…*”Nadezhda” by Ampat Koshy*…*”Shining Scar” by Rahul Aithal…*”Simper of a flower” by Shamsher Singh*…*”Soul Interconnections” by Lata Tewari*….


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