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Murrel

By Syam Sudhakar

Murrel fish and its spawn. Courtesy: Creative Commons
Murrel

A monsoon afternoon.
I was coming back home
shouldering hunger and my bag.

Beside the road
the sun glimmered 
in the open drain 
and there bloomed a dream
in a flash of lightning. 
Unfazed by the rain or sun
with head high
a slick arrow, alone 
in its trajectory
darted with its tail
against the current.

Never had I seen
such frenzied motions
to claim a mate.
No shooting star could 
outshine its charm.
No warship could boast 
such feral grace.
Swift and agile,
gills throbbing with lust,
a finger of the night
dropped into the heart of noon,
the rhythm of water, an ecstasy.

I never encountered
anyone like him, ever again.

But after the rains,
in the field I saw
with a constellation of 
a thousand spawns
a radiant she-murrel.

Syam Sudhakar is an award- winning and widely  published young academician and bilingual poet from Kerala, writing both in native Malayalam and English. His poems are rich in native imagery and a sound pattern.

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