Last Guests

Warm glass to cold plate,
prattle or oscitate,
complain or distort:
“Life’s too short!”

The only window in the den
trades smoke and oxygen
for half-gentle mocking:
“Except when you’re talking!”

Vinayak Varma, 2020

(Illustration from ‘Good Night and God Bless’, Anita Nair, Penguin, 2008)

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