An epiclet: Apsara 4

Canto four

Tucked away , in a shady grove
near the centre of the universe
was a temple no one knew about
for a woman – not a goddess meet!-
whom the earth had one day devoured.

On her forehead was a diadem
In the sactum sanctorum
the gem-maker’s large cut blue stone
in size, lustre and quality
almost unmatched around the world
now adorned that fair forehead.

It lit up the dark niche
As a star does our earth
so bright was it, like blue fire
One almost felt it lived.

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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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