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Can I?

written by: Dr. MOLLY JOSEPH

 

happy 

can I be  your
              comforting   
 cardigan
                  when 
the cold wind
                blows
ruthless
                over  
the valleys
          you traverse..     

when it 
            pains
inside, outside
                     your 
ostriched self
       can I be your
soothing balm?

when 
       you reach 
your room 
             desolate
to find 
          your table
wiped off 
           by wayward 
winds
        can I help
gather
        the scattered?
     
when 
       you open 
 the window
           to get 
piercing 
             sounds,
worlds
         encroaching.     
    can I be 
             your
 soothing music..

when 
       wordless
you turn 
         as witness
to the medley 
                can I be
 your peace
                 inside.. 

can I be 
        the warm hearth
you 
       huddle around
back
      after a walk
so long
           in freezing cold..

can I.. can I ?

Dr Molly Joseph

Dr Molly Joseph

Dr. Molly Joseph retired as Head of the Dept. of English, St. Xaviers College, Kerala, India and now serves as Professor of Communicative English. She, a bilingual writer, has had her Doctorate in Post War American Poetry (of William Carlos Williams). She has published 9 books of Poems - Aching Melodies (Patridge, Penguin), Autumn Leaves, December Dews, Myna's Musings, It Rains,The Bird with Wings of Fire, Where Cicadas Sing in Mirth (all by Authors Press New Delhi), Firefly Flickers, Hidumbi - novel (by Xpress Publications, Kerala) and Pokkuveyil Vettangal (poems, Malayalam). Dr. Molly writes travelogues and short stories and has won several awards. The India Women Achiever's Award 2019, Wordsmith Award 2018 and Award on Experimental Poetry 2020. She represented India in South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) Literary Festival 2019.
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