Like cities that have shut
Their ears and turned down
The gift of silence
Like commuter trains
Zipping past platforms
And flashbacks of violence
Like gossip dangling from
The tip of the tongue
Waiting to descend without conscience
Like an artist’s thought
Swiftly eluding the grasp
Of the raised brush and the blank canvas.
Like lovers who have lost
The longing to belong
And their universe.
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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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