The Crossing

Those who defy the angry waves
Are not swayed by a sudden
Surge of madness: they only know

That the land they loved and lived in
Now betrays their holy breath
And as sad hostages of hope

Escaping from the hell at home
They know it is time to go – –
A time to cross to foreign shores

Some shall survive the crossing
Some others shall cross over – –
The flow of snapshots shall show

The ocean’s dire distress
And a vision in red and blue
Deserted on a Turkish beach

Unblemished and unblessed.

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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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