The Lives of Others

Beyond the dilemma
Of the mask
The eternal question

Is it a virtue or a sin
To uncover the face
Behind the grin ?
For even at the end

You hug your name
And what matters most
Is not how long you lived,
Won or lost tabloid fame

But how you touched
The lives of others
And how you let
Their lives touch yours.

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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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