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Poem

Karthika Nair

Breath

Breath

Breath

Went awol, again,
defected until fingers –
constant – on a spine
coaxed thought Piper-like coaxed light
into fractious, shaded lungs.
 
Then it returns, breath:
untrammelled, expansive, mine —
for now. Time stirs once
more; the world swivels, hinged on
a hand. For now, that will do.
Close

Breath

Went awol, again,
defected until fingers –
constant – on a spine
coaxed thought Piper-like coaxed light
into fractious, shaded lungs.
 
Then it returns, breath:
untrammelled, expansive, mine —
for now. Time stirs once
more; the world swivels, hinged on
a hand. For now, that will do.

Breath

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