umashankar manthravadi

(23/07/1945 / kakinada, India)

carstopped at streetlight. half a dozen


carstopped at streetlight. half a dozen
laughing faces. laughter heard in passing.
cold sound hung rail tolling in the
distance. a train stopped in darkness middle
of nowhere now full of people. in passing
a face wideyed caught in afterimage.
horn of boat gull cries trains
trundling in dreams. the sea never stops

child now awake
clutching a pillow
stumbling in the dark
looking for warmth

April 4,1995

Submitted: Friday, May 19, 2006

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