Second Skin, Second Sight

You breaststroke to the other bank and stand
With a cheeky grin splitting your tired face
Your dress clings to you like a passionate second skin
Refusing to be hung out to dry–
I watch you as I try to catch your teasing chants
I do not dare to deceive the wrinkled waves
I row across a kingfisher-friendly wooded stream of thought–
You hug and kiss me like a long-lost secret lover
And this is where the gulf of difference lies
In the way you promptly bandage wounded pride
And do things as soon as you think and sense
They should be done
To bring a smile back on someone’s face
While I wait for wayward words, or worse,
An elusive, sheltering second sight.
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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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