If they had their tongues
what would the backwaters tell?
Of the thousand and one
days and nights that fell on its floor…
times when the shadows grew longer than the real
and faded away traceless…
Of the revels on its shore
when the moon mad lovers roamed
how they peeped at the moon taking a dip in waters serene…
how the sky, the sun the stars
made their solipsistic mirror…
How frenzied people
plied on its waves traversing in merriment
or to make a living…
how families shared moments
of togetherness and love
how bondings grew stronger
on ripples of fun, frolic
with little ones near.
how Tsunamis flooded
eating up the shores…
how they survived the storms
to be back in shape for all…
for the sky, the stars, the sun the moon and man…
Yes, if they had their tongues
What would the backwaters tell?
Dr. Molly Joseph is a professor, poet from Kerala, she has had her Doctorate in Post War American Poetry. Much anthologised, she travels worldwide, writes travelogues, short stories and story books for children. She has published 15 books,13 books of poems, a novel and a story book for children. Her latest work, "Songs of Silence" was released on 14th of May, 2022. She has won several accolades which include Galaxy Award for Experimental Poetry 2019, India Women Achiever’s Award 2020, and the Yannan Gold Medal The Outanding Poet Award from Yanan Literary Society, China 2021. She believes in the power of the word and writes boldly on matters that deal with the contemporary.