Words seem to have left me


I crave nothing

The stillness within

Scares me

I watch it

Lying curled in my core

Like a foetus

Will it grow, I wonder

I watch it with trepidation

I’m not used to this

This quietude

Should I tease it

With a scalpel

To see if it will respond?

Or let it lie

Till it grows and envelopes

The world?

A being of quiet





©Vineetha Mekkoth

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About Vineetha

Poet, writer, translator, editor Based in India. Has published poems in various anthologies. Is on the translators panel of the Kerala Sahitya Academy. Her poems have been included in the Brian Wrixon anthologies 'Words on the Winds of Change' and 'Women of One World'. She has also coauthored a poem with Gaurangi Patel which has been included in the 'Duet Anthology' brought out by XpressPublications. She has been selected for the ICOP Critics Award for March 2015 and her poem 'Reflections' is on the list of Highly Commended poems for the month selected by Destiny Poets, UK. In April 2015 her poem was published on the blog 'Incredible Women of India'. In the same month, April 2015, her poem 'Ashtavakra' was chosen as the Poem of the Month by Destiny Poets' International Community of Poets. In July 2015 her poem 'Nightscape' was one of the Highly recommended poems by Destiny Poets. So too in October 2015 her poem, 'Peace Always' was in the list of Highly Recommended poems by ICOP. Has been co-editor of 'Umbilical Chords: An Anthology on Parents Remembered'. Her debut poetry collection, 'Ashtavakra and Other Poems' was published in August 2017 by Authorspress, New Delhi

6 thoughts on “Stillness

  1. Louis Kasatkin

    An engaging and insightful work crafted with the author’s inimitable poetic aplomb.

    This marks the author’s most welcome return,after an absence, to our thriving International Community of Poets.

    ( See the Roll of Honour entries for 2015 & 2016 )

  2. VijayNair

    Is this the stillness before the storm?! A perfect capture of disconcerting ‘stillness’/writer’s block.Lovely.


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