She Was Only Walking Home

Walking home, masked, from her friend’s flat
Through a large and silent park
Into a builder’s bag: beautiful, she was recognized

By her non-judgmental dental records – –
But many appear appalled and devastated
As if something this absurd had not been

Heard or seen before, unless in a play by Ionesco:
Claudia. Blessing. Bibaa. Nicole:
“You are currently offline. Refresh.”

Truth is in custody:
Light a thousand mourning candles, or even one
Handcuff your vigils and your own – –

“She was only walking home”:
The streets are always safe at night
For predators.

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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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