Four Poems | Ramachandran M A

 

This Time

 

this time

you set off

for a house

in the shadow

of a leaf

 

this time

you stand

in a house

that doesn’t exist

 

still

this time

you open a door

and a window

to the garden

 

this time

in the leaf-fall

 

this time

neither your father

nor your mother

nor the lone hibiscus

of these years

 

this time

the twilight river

a faint line

in farewell

 

 

 

Shadow Silence

 

the things

in my childhood

in the frozen silence

where

my poor father stood

my mother stood

 

spectre thin

I was abandoned

in the shadow

at the doorstep

or in the backyard

of that hillside hut

 

still in the dark

maybe in dream

I am pleading a poet

or a priest

to sit with me awhile

but see even those things

of my childhood

have long left me

leaving

only the frozen silence

where

no father

no mother

 

 

 

The Evening Fog

 

far away the river

and a birdsong–

beyond them hills

then more hills–

then a mountain trail

and you are all alone

there in the evening fog–

sometimes or always

in a teardrop

one’s last breath

 

 

 

White Blossoms

 

In all that is left

the dark puts forth

thin, green leaves,

from all that is left

a bunch of flowers,

despite the anguish

that gnaws the bone

the dark puts forth

thin green leaves

and white blossoms

 

Photo by Amanda Schmidt on Unsplash

 

Bio

Ramachandran M A is a poet currently based in Kozhikode, India. He writes under his pseudonym Tekisui RC as well.

Ramachandran’s poetry has appeared in Lion and Lilac Literary Magazine, Stripes Magazine, Rat’s Ass Review, Too Well Away Literary Journal, Arc Magazine and elsewhere.

Additionally, his poems have been published in two anthologies.

 

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