[Issue 12 / 1 Feb 15]

only the graves remain.

 

Trees rest on walls

tired of growing.

Breeze limps through its branches like an injured bird.

 

I recognize the faces

that have changed

but forget those that haven’t.

 

Sometimes I wing my way to its waiting bosom

even though really, I walk.

Reach its soil and bury the roses no longer in bloom.

 

Then, leaning against the dusty pigeon tower

amidst reborn skies and

abandoned corners, I whisper to its winds:

 

No, your wheat has not ripened in vain

nor your sun failed to warm my blood

I am cold only because of the shadows in your old eyes.

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Vinita Agrawal, author of Words Not Spoken, is a Mumbai based, award winning poet and writer. Her poems have appeared in Asiancha, Constellations, The Fox Chase Review, Pea River Journal, Open Road Review, Stockholm Literary Review, Poetry Pacific among others. She was nominated for the Best of the Net Awards 2011, awarded first prize in the Wordweavers Contest 2014, commendation prize in the All India Poetry Competition 2014 and won the 2014 Hour of Writes Contest twice. She can be reached atwww.vinitawords.com

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Author of three books of poetry, Vinita is a Mumbai based, award winning poet and writer. Recipient of the Gayatri GaMarsh Memorial Award for Literary Excellence her poems have appeared in Asiancha, Constellations, The Fox Chase Review, Pea River Journal, Open Road Review, Stockholm Literary Review, Poetry Pacific, Mithila Review and over a 100 other national and international journals. She was nominated for the Best of the Net Awards in 2011. She was awarded first prize in the Wordweavers Contest 2014, commendation prize in the All India Poetry Competition 2014 and won the 2014 Hour of Writes Contest thrice. Her poems have found a place in significant national anthologies like Suvarnarekha and Dance with the Peacocks in several international anthologies compiled in Australia and Israel. She was co-judge for the Asian Cha Poetry Contest, 2015. She has read at SAARC events, at the U.S. Consulate, at Delhi Poetree and at Cappucino Readings, Mumbai.

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