An epiclet: Apsara 3

Canto three

Thousands of leaves may fall off a tree
but to one out of the many that is falling
red, yellow, and brown edged, it would matter
more than to the others
if by some mysterious force
it became somehow imbued
with the consciousness of being parted from the branch.

So it was that long ago miners in the south of Bharath found a stone
blue as the sky on a dark morning before a storm
a stone unpolished and uncut, by no human yet worn
and they took it to the stone cutter, hoping to give it a form.

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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.

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