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Parikrama

By Abhay K

My eternal city
every mid-night I see you
with clear eyes,
cherish your contours,
your changing skyline
your shimmering lights,
your shades of darkness,
I sense your changing mood,
your lingering lust
for blood and wealth,
and your deadliest addiction—

power.

Note: In Hinduism and Buddhism, the action or ritual of moving clockwise round an object of devotion as an indication of reverence.

Painting: The Heritage Lab

Bio:
Abhay K.
is author of ten poetry collections, most recently of The Magic of Madagascar and The Alphabets of Latin America and the editor of Great Indian Love Poems, CAPITALS, Great Indian Poems and New Brazilian Poems. His poems have appeared in over 100 literary journals across the world and have been translated into a dozen languages. His poem-song “Earth Anthem” has been translated into over 120 global languages. He received SAARC Literary Award 2013 and was invited to record his poems at the Library of Congress, Washington DC in 2018.

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