Field Study

You hitch-hiked across the countryside
Unearthing hidden histories of villages
Listening to the unheard answers to the questions asked – –

You drew the quizzical gaze of grazing cows
You waited for your concrete world to change
But every dawn brought death in different forms:

Bombs dropped, stabbings at the bridge, friendly fire,
A tower of flats burned inside out – –
So, at twilight, when the street lights finally awakened

At the crossroads where farmers exchanged their woes – –
Inhaling the fresh fragrance of remembered fields
You pulled out memories from your weather-beaten knapsack.

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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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