The Line of Our Control

Returning refreshed by their native air
They burst into flames of martyrdom
Ambushed by minds darkened by hate

In a land where the sky embraces every grief
And mothers die many times in one lifetime–
Our arguments shall follow us

To our well-maintained graves
Along with the stilled laughter in their young eyes–
Eavesdropping on history,old and new,

We shall hear the applause
For sentences across the floor–
But we shall only see

The baleful glance
Of a patient vulture
Across the line of our control.

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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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