Until the next bend

Left, unread books in the shelf
Bend over the sliding glass;
See evidence of dereliction
While peeping through
Its last touched pages.

If words had power
They would crawl into my bedroom;
Spotlight me;
Draw me into a criminal offence-
For giving preference to body over mind.
Only if they had power.

So I relax and wait
Until bowing to inevitable hour
When body and its faking hunger dies
And mind rekindles its feeling
For words
Until the next bend.

- Amitabh Vikram Dwivedi, PhD

Amitabh Vikram Dwivedi is assistant professor of linguistics at Shri Mata Vaishno Devi University, India. He has contributed papers to many Science Citation Index journals, chiefly with Sage, Rowman & Littlefield and ABC-CLIO Publications.  His most recent books are A Grammar of Hadoti (Lincom), A Grammar of Bhadarwahi (Lincom), and a poetry collection titled Chinaar-kaa-Sukhaa-Pattaa (2015) in Hindi. His poetry collection titled Something Lurks It Seems is forthcoming (2017).