The Dancer and the Hermit

Her hazel glance

The vagabond


In the clasp
Of her limbs.

The hem
Of her skirt

And disturbed

And the hermit

And the silence
Of the forest.

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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).

6 thoughts on “The Dancer and the Hermit

  1. Louis Kasatkin

    This poem’s apparent reticence speaks volumes and beckons the casual unsuspecting reader to explore its hidden depths. For instance, could the Dancer be Salome and could the Hermit be John the Baptist ?

    1. VijayNair Post author

      Indeed,why not ? I did not have a specific ”pair” in mind but it is certainly a possibility.Thank you very much,Louis.

  2. Sarala Ramkamal

    Viswamithran and Menaka came to my mind which I actually performed in classical dance-baley form on stage when I was small 🙂

    1. VijayNair Post author

      I did not have a specific ‘pair’ in mind,Sarala, but the V-M link is most welcome.Thank you,Sarala.


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