Suffocation: Snapshots

A harsh voice digs deep inside her head:
A woman’s cough
Trapped between the kitchen sink and the stove…
The sobbing wives of fishermen missing at sea
Clinging on to prayers
Lashed by waves of helplessness…
Guilt grabs you by the throat when you shut your eyes and see
Your ancestral home
Reduced to haunted bricks and stone…
The breathlessness of trees,
Doubled up in the storm,
Like the crying of a child at dawn …
Sparrows gasping helplessly in the smog
Of a city lost
In the hazy labyrinth of history …
When the songs of protest are casually suppressed,
Listen to the stifling silence
Between dictated sentences.
When your shadow is sound asleep,
Open the high windows within.
And let love breathe.
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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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