For you, Nelson Mandela.

Your “long walk to freedom”
has ended.
‘Scourge of small cords’
laid to rest.
After you
will not come
more balanced ones.
It will be more
the time
I miss you already,
Each day brings greater loss
to man.
Surely, the vultures are coming!
How long before the next
incoming tide
that will bring waves of hope
and not this salt-sea’s tears?

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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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