The Breath of Islands

Here, where the air is fresh and free
A stench descends:
An archipelago is held to ransom – –

Hostages struggle to breathe:
Longings stuck in their throats
Netted dreams wrapped around their necks

Legends are spread out across the sands:
The silence we hear between bird calls
Is the silence of their islands’ cells,

For the choice that strangers make
Unmake these islands’ fate – –
Let them see you as you are:

A coastline of coconut trees and truthfulness – –
Let not your moonlit beaches grow barren
And welcome only breathless, breaking waves.

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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).

2 thoughts on “The Breath of Islands

  1. amitapaul

    This is such a poignant and telling description that matches the development of an actual situation of crisis in an idyllic archipelago. Heartbreakingly beautiful. Who will listen to our pleas ?


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