Once and Now

Uprooting ourselves from the lives
We were once blessed to lead, we see
Rivers clogged by salvation and disease
Coastlines disappear into soulless memories
As we pollute the air our children breathe

The exhausted landscape of broken promises
Reflects our unsustainable dreams:
We chop down trees to assuage our greed
Our eyes squint through the luxuriant smog
As we reach back again to reclaim

The ancient rhythms we always shared
With those around us in this wilderness
For “eco-friendly” is not only a buzzword
Used by suits in conference halls
Or uttered repeatedly with “world peace”

By an ever smiling Ms. Universe
To win another senseless crown – –
It is a sprawling valley of the mind
Soaking up the sun, free from acid rain
Embracing the eternal truth: “We are One.”

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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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