Ayyappa Paniker

(12 September 1930 - 23 August 2006 / Kavalam, Kerala, India)

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Upon My Walls

Look at the picture my hands have drawn on my walls:
why do you stare? Look carefully, you fool!
Nerves that stretch from the navel and the eyes
thirst and burn in the brain;
copper dreams blossoming on the dead volcano
blaze and flow around;
tears unfrozen, ears unstopped,
the veins keep glowing; is it creation or destruction?
‘Look at the picture my hands have drawn on my walls;

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