You May Wonder

You may wonder why
Friendly folk with forked tongues
Try to foil uncommon common sense

And make us often feel as if our fate
Was written on someone else’s
Broad forehead by mistake–

You may wonder how
We daily glide through a downpour of lies
With the confidence of those

Who fly without borrowed wings
To a place that makes us pause
Before the walls close in–

And wonder and reflect on those
Who betrayed their flag and desert friends,
Those who lynched the bewildered innocent

And those who simply could not see
A smiling pretty woman
With faith in one hand

And potassium cyanide in the other
Feed her relatives,one by one,
Their last supper.

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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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