umashankar manthravadi

Rookie (23/07/1945 / kakinada, India)

Dead Things Thumb And Forefinger As They Probe - Poem by umashankar manthravadi

dead things thumb and forefinger as they probe
without feeling the origin of the
final event, I watch clinically
the unstaring face for the first half breath
proof of the coming fire. death things thumb and

forefinger probe the beginnings of the
search for life. from the beginning the search
is for signs. of fire life and the pot of
fire that precedes the dead. searching the hand
sowing desire dying beginning the

search for signs. there is no escaping
now in silence a space is won. a sign
is found. fire fills the soft walled room. tide flows
and I walk in the fire. the staff of life
is full and free. do not die before me

Jan 18.1974

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Poem Submitted: Friday, June 30, 2006

Poem Edited: Thursday, August 12, 2010


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