I had always lived my life within
Mapping minds and places
Not knowing where to begin
Or whom to trust when in pain
Exiling myself from friendly faces
Until I found you once again

After twenty years of awkward silence
In Paris, Brussels, and Lahore
And other sites of mindless violence
Your camera bringing the dead alive
In loud prime time blood and gore
While I searched for common sense

Through printed columns of smoke and mutual bliss – –
We asked our sweat-soaked selves
Whether we would always meet like this
Between sporadic bursts of peace
Dispersing, now and then, the darkness
That threatened our entwined destinies.

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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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