Sierra Maestra:1959

From the heights of Sierra Maestra
Loaded with iron and warfare
The smoke of a cigar
Floats in the rarefied air
As a few good men and their friends
Drawn by a declaration and a dream
Believing in themselves and the rights
Of the tortured peasants on the plains
Descend with their guns and hope
Dying to liberate their universe
From a despot’s whims and signposts:
Slot machines, drugs, brothels, and pimps
And to try and freshly map
Under the shadow of Uncle Sam
A nation’s uncertain destiny.
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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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