We survived
A house divided by faceless promises
And the laughter lost in childhood–

We ignored outstretched hands
Trying to pull us back toward the shore
Having barely escaped drowning

In a whirlpool of advice–
We didn’t want to read
Our fortune in coffee cups

Or set sail
Along the crests and troughs
Of the anxious calendar

Or share a thousand selfies
Taken on the beach
To define who we really were–

But as time passed by ,we learned
In the nights that stayed awake:
Every beginning doesn’t need an ending.

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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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