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Poems by Roa K R


STILLNESS
---------
i don't really
know what lies
beyond the elus

ive horizon's
edge
perhaps a whirr

of ellipti
cal silences
plummeting

into the thick
flds of silhou
tted darkness

aren't the lone
river meande
ring its way

carrying in
its eddies
the maple leaves

of the Fall
and the conglome
rate mountains

lifting their
proud manes
beyond the cara

paced blue smoke
symbols of
muralised

stillness?



ANESTHESIA
----------
it is not
a slow drift
into a death

trap but
a desiduous
descension

into the lumi
nous void
of light

the body
ready to rece
ive the strokes

of the scalpel
is a bundle
of mire and blood

lying on
the table
death set

unethetised
and the senses
having lost

their sync with
he body
areready to

escape into
the surreal
istic empti

ness
even as the flam
ing soul

flickers like
a dying candle
in sepul

chral captivi
ty is ready
for the redemp

tive flight



The Reality Factor
------------------
reality is
complexlyin
substantial

and chimerical
like a dream
it is not

as though
listeni
ng to the ingre

ssing thunder
of the skies
or witne

ssing the tall
mountains
where the sun

sinks into
the oblivion
it is like

inward freedom
recrudes
ced from

the patinas
of primord
ialsilence



ALONENESS
---------
i amall alone
amidst myriad
brimm

ing stars and
thelanguish
ing moon

at gelid water's
edge
unencumbe

red by the proli
ferating guilts
of the past

to be alone
is to be eterna
lly free

fromthe contin
gent cause
and effect

nothing shakes
my resolu
te will

to forge a new
beginning
and move

toward the
noblesse
oblige

of blessed
ness



THROUGH OTHER EYES
------------------
we sometimes
perceive
things

as they plain
ly are and not
what they

are ought to be
your preju
dice preclu

des your pre
science
and distorts

the essenti
al reality
you must

see it throu
gh other
eyes to

resolve the
enigma
of

unreali
ty to break
the sedimen

ted splinters
into confi
guered

meaning
to know
its vintage

and its vibran
cy of power



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Biographical sketch: Poet based in Kentucky. Four collections of poetry, widely anthologised and critiqued.

Roa K R recommends:

Continents of Silence by Rao K R

Reason: modern in its content and form




 


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