As waves whisper to waves
The memory-spider spins

Its endless web
Of eggshell-cracking silken thread

While on the beach
Where well-loved long legs once

Nervously scrawled
Doomsday patterns and turned

All he hears
Is the Babel of birds and the purr

Of an approaching, agonizing
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He remembers
Angry prayers in temples of pain

Beautiful shrugging shoulders
Striking him dumb

Seven summers and slender hips
Swinging into the dark

As the silence surged
And splintered their world.

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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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