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Demarcation

That frail evening marking
the shadows of the long summer days
a bird perched on the barbed wires of the prison
demarcating the happiness and the grief
acceptance and rejection,
solitude and the bouts of the laughter,
the prisoner and the free

the arresting height of that boisterous wall
whose bricks are soaked
with the crackling wails and sobs
of the broken souls
neatly carved and plastered

a bizarre tinge of the ochre
peeling off from the walls
as the tears flow incessantly
through the bleary eyes as
they gaze from emptiness to nothing
silence culled in hollow bones
rattling with rage

palms holding out
for someone, something
for forgiveness,
a fleeting touch of humanity
a soft supple touch of love

a day wrapped around
the promises of a second chances
silhouette of the loved ones
appearing between the thick bars
a pleasant sight for the cracked and pale eyes
death and silence is interchangeable

Go ask the bird?
as she sits at the barbed fence
keeping the two realms separate
a socially justifiable demarcation
between the cacophony and the melody
the symmetry and the dissonance
between the pristine and the ostracised

how thin is the separation between
the love and the acceptance,
despair and the second chances,
between the judged and the forgiven.


Megha Sood lives in Jersey City, New Jersey. She is a contributing author at GoDogGO Cafe, Candles Online, Free Verse Revolution, Whisper and the Roar, Poets Corner and contributing editor at Ariel Chart.

Her works have been featured in 521 Magazine #Sideshow, Oddball, Pangolin Review, Fourth and Sycamore, KOAN (Paragon Press), Modern Literature, Visual Verse, Vita Brevis, Modern poetry, Spill words Press, Indian periodicals, Literary heist, Little Rose Magazine, The Quiet Corner, Writer’s Cafe Magazine, and coming up in Dime Show Review, Piker Press, The Stray Branch and many more. Her poetry has recently been published in the anthology We will not be silenced by Indie Blu(e) Publishing and upcoming in two other anthologies by US and Canadian Press.

She recently won the 1st prize in NAMI NJ Dara Axelrod Mental Health Poetry contest. She blogs at https://meghasworldsite.wordpress.com/.

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