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Rabindra SwainRabindra K. Swain is an Indian poet whose most recent book of poems is Susurrus in the Skull. Other collections include Once Back Home (Har-Ananda, New Delhi, 1996), A Tapestry of Steps (Orient Longman, Hyderabad, 1999), and Severed Cord (Indialog, 2002). He has also published a book of translations from Oriya, Bahubreehi, and a critical work, The Poetry of Jayanta Mahapatra: A Critical Study (Prestige Books, New Delhi, 2000). Journal publications include The Times Literary Supplement, Critical Quarterly, Acumen, Wasafiri, The Kenyon Review, World Literature Today, Westerly, Kunapipi, and more.

 

 

 

 

      The Art of Vanishing

 

Whatever I did was wrong.
Whatever I do is in no way
the next step I vowed:

not to be scraps or feces
of a night but be pure dawn
which has not known

the colors other than
its own. Forgive me,
my Lord, my motif

behind my action, my habit
of constantly passing out

and then

rising again, dusting
myself, pretending as if
I tripped,

taking a cue from childhood.
And, Lord, forgive her,
my wife, who does not

believe in you or me
when I am gone,
presuming, I was practicing

the art of vanishing once more—

flippant she may seem on the rim

but she’s naïve in the core.

 

 

©2015 Rabindra K. Swain

 

 

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