[ Issue 4 / February 2013 ]
A swarm of paddy husk dragged
to the wind’s edge of may flies,
all flesh, no wings. Bend.
Feel the knees hurting, the skin
punctured by sun’s needle resistance.
Footsteps still find ways
through the sun’s blind spots.
I am a tree stump here –
all bones, no leaves
a swarm of careful memories
frozen into charcoal.
An old house I used to know well
down to its termites
and litigations, is a vision
blinded by floaters. Should
what matters reduce that house
to mere brick and tiles
and ancestor voices?
It is not easy to scavenge answers
without wings, without one’s aerial view.
Even the monsoons do not believe
that the paddy husk was once green.
The house can never live again
through the breath of sullen hibiscus
or see that paddy field through its blind spots.
Ajay Manissery Konchery (MK Ajay) has published two collections of poems: Facsimile of Beliefs (Writers Workshop, Kolkata) and Sweetness of Salt (Plain View Press, Austin, Texas). His short story, 'Bird Park', was published in Urban Odysseys, an anthology of prose writing about the city of Kuala Lumpur, where he lived for more than seven years. Ajay’s works have appeared in more than forty publications around the world, including Orbis, Indian Literature, The Little Magazine, Brown Critique, Muse India, Kavya Bharati, Ampersand Poetry Journal, Niederngasse, Ygdrasil and Journal of Commonwealth Literature. Ajay is a native of Kerala and currently lives in New Jersey, USA.