Whatever pledge we take
Or agreements sign
In hushed corridors
Unless we plant
New trees in the soil
Of the crowded heart
And cleanse the rivers
Of our muddied minds
Respect the air we breathe
And worry when
Sacred species disappear
With the wilderness we knew
Unless we change
And learn to give
As we have learned to take
We cannot live
For how long will Earth
Gasping for breath
Forgive us
Our trespasses?
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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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