touching your photo
the need
to mouth the words

4 Responses

  1. Dirk van Nouhuya Says:

    Wonderful. So Kinesthetic.

  2. Anitha Varma Says:

    Very poignant…!


  3. Pravat Says:

    Beautiful and thoughtful ku.

    old album–
    the colourful life
    in black and white

    Pravat Kumar Padhy
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    crossword puzzle
    I rearrange words
    in her nick name

    Publication Credits: Failed Haiku, Vol.1 Issue 4 April 2016
    The Living Senryu Anthology, 2017

  4. seaviewwarrenpoint Says:

    The first line is so gentle and then it takes a turn with “the need”, which is so important here. The poet could have simply said, “ I mouth the words”, but this inability to speak provides a real sense of helplessness in the face of grief. Also, the reader wonders what exactly the words are, creating tension.

    Or perhaps this not about death at all but illicit love and the narrator is not permitted to express the words “I love you” aloud.

    The reader can imagine a narrative.


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