The Muse

(An International Journal of Poetry)

Volume-1                                          June-2011                                                        Number-1

 

Slow Consumption 

by Raj Vatsya

Dripping from teeth of hungry wolves

sporadic memories flow, drift

ingest, digest

life juices dissolve

slowly 

Masquerading as friends

leeches attach

sanguine beads drip, flow

slowly 

Every debt imposed, self-imposed

increased as paid

slowly                 

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Exile of Autumn Leaf 

by Raj Vatsya

 

For meagre remuneration

palpitated her tiny heart, lungs

feeble muscles toiled

wrestled smidgens off air

offered bounty in gratitude 

Needles pierced skin

day after day

sun imbibed green of flesh

little by little 

Of use no more

autumn leaf could be taken out

and shot 

Merciful tree sent her

in permanent exile 

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