Two Theatres

 
We saw Jesus
Suffering on the Cross
And the jeering crowds
Asking for proof
 
Were more than those
In the half-empty theatre – –
The air conditioning turned traitor:
Sweat streamed down the cheeks
 
Of the Son of God
While the thieves inside
Cooled themselves
With ice-cream cones.
 
Afterwards, when we emerged
From the darkness into the light
The seamless streets
Were full
 
Of passionate people
Who had cast their lot
With “Blackmail” next door:
One was saved; the other was not.
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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).

4 thoughts on “Two Theatres

  1. Louis Kasatkin

    The general reader wiil find this an intriguing poem well worth the additional endeavour of checking the contemporary popular cultural reference of ” Blackmail “. It’s the sort of issue that Umberto Eco might well have addressed,that of the relationship of an audience of passive consumers to the larger existential questions.

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