“The profit and the loss.”

Tall spires beckon me
made of chrome and steel, towering

If you are the man with the suitcase
expect to be intercepted

Climb the stairs, watch me go down
elevator or escalator
The direction makes the detour
pathetic – I, vidushak, a lack –

Once the sages could say
if you came to the top
jumping the wall
or by climbing in through the window
you could be thrown out
for not wearing the proper outfit
but now it all has changed

My voice whispers into the shell
and magnified says
no words but an echelon

and this knowledge of my letting you down lilting you up
insane love
I carry with me to the grave
for no one that wants it
will pay anything to gain it

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Dr A.V. Koshy is presently working as Assistant Professor in Dept. of English, Faculty of Arts and Humanities, Jazan University, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. He has authored or co-authored seven or eight books of poetry, theory and criticism. He is an editor and anthologist. He is also a distinguished teacher of the English language and literature and a critic, with a Ph.D in modern poetry, specifically Samuel Beckett's poems in English. He was a Pushcart Prize nominee for poetry in 2012 and his book Art of Poetry was selected as Best Reads 2012 by Butterfly and the Bee. He has been editor's pick on Camel Saloon thrice and poet of the month thrice in Destiny Poets UK besides often having his poems appear in the highly selected category. Has other international awards, diplomas and certificates to his credit too.

2 thoughts on ““The profit and the loss.”

  1. Louis Kasatkin

    When the casual reader encounters the last stanza’s words , ” my letting you down..” followed by ” insane love ” ,the reader is already enmeshed in a poetic narrative that seems to be speaking of more darker vicissitudes. Initially jettisoned into a mise-en-scene described with ; tall spires,chrome and steel, man with a suitcase ,watch me ,my voice whispers into the shell ,etc. these are the markers of intrigue ,perhaps stock market dealing,financial corruption. The reader is left to ponder about the ” you ” whom the narrator claims to have betrayed .

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