the  twilight has no knowledge

of your neo rhythms. Why twilight?

because it is the blood of light

and must keep love's weanings in;

So it does not matter that in washed away

caves of  meaning unsaid, your recessed tides

 recant the fables of my blossoming flesh;

and though  in that memory, every leaf counts

in time though it shelters the birds and bees

and is a tall tree for the storms and can stay

memory is still memory for you and me;

And even the twilight that does not know

the meanings you carved out of  love's slaughter

and thought you won it all in the end,

who lost, who gave in, who'll give away still

this you will think,  toss your graying hair about,

and upon your pillow carve,

hills and mountains, in  that twilight flow 

you  wish you crossed,

as you  now sink slow, and away, away, into sleep.

The Zong

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Born (1956), Trivandrum, Kerala, India., Winner, All India Poetry Prizes, Poetry Society, India-British Council Awards (96, 97, 98), and other leading poetry prizes. Poetry published in Ariel (Canada), Orbis (UK), Nth Position (UK), Bluefifth Review (UK), Toronto Review (Canada), The Illustrated Weekly of India, Kavya Bharati (India), Fulcrum (USA), Verse, Seattle, (USA), Indian Literature, Arabesque Review, Plaza (Japan), Chandrabhaga (India), and others. Founder editor, Poetry Chain. Participant, MFA, Texas state University, (2000) Poet in Residence, Augsburg University, Germany (2004). Important works : Poetry : Father, Wake Us In Passing, (German Translation, Wolfgang Heyder) A Buchenwald Diary, Mother Sonata, Victoria Terminus, Poems Selected and New (2010). The Coloured Yolk of Love (2012). Drama: Fire In The Soul The Mask of Death. Novel : A Bridge Over Karma (Novel). Poetry included in The Bloodaxe book of Contemporary Indian Poetry In English, The Golden Jubilee Anthology of Post Independence Indian poetry In English, and Poetry Society, India anthologies.

Last updated June 16, 2012