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Vikas K. Menon

Vikas K. Menon

Vikas K. Menon is a poet, playwright and songwriter. He is a 2015 Emerging Poets Fellow at Poet’s House. His poems have been featured in numerous publications, including Indivisible: An Anthology of Contemporary South Asian American Poetry and The HarperCollins Book of English Poetry. He was a Keynote Speaker at Canto Mundo 2011 and is a board member of Kundiman, an organization dedicated to supporting Asian-American writing.

Charity

O Pilgrim of coin and rupee,

say that
each open palm was a lonely temple.

Say that
the last leper lived in a hovel of wind and wood.

Tell us that your hand was empty.  
Describe his unquiet mouth,

his glee like clowns juggling knives
with Cheshire cat grins,

his bald laughter like a nude father,

screams
from the closet,

a night haunted by sweat.  

Say that
there was a chasm in your throat.  

Say
that day, all day,

milk soured to curds in your mouth

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