The Faces Behind A Face

 
You were too young to know, at eight,
The truth about
The faces behind a face and hate:
Your trusting eyes were shrouded
By their wandering lies.
 
You did not know that where there is no fear
Evil makes his presence felt:
Once lurking in the silent shadows
Now unafraid of horses and holy places
Stalking across blinding meadows.
 
We know that those who rape and kill
Wil rape again and kill until
Their loud and lewd voices
Are forever
Stilled.
 
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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).

7 thoughts on “The Faces Behind A Face

  1. Louis Kasatkin

    It is ever the hallmark of a true Poet that their work addresses the pressing concerns and injustices of our contemporary society. This author in particular is one such hero.

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  2. Lokesh Roy

    Yes, indeed the misdeeds of some demons are so horrenduous to defy any words for it . Mr Vijay , has deftly dealt with the topic in his inimitable style.

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  3. suzette portes san jose

    it is presumably dealing with the awakening of the innocence of the new generation into the faces of danger that have been there behind young minds dream… behind their passion… waiting for the chance for darkness to fulfill the evil. a poem of concern… 🙂

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