One Poem by Nawal Kishor Sharma

Written in response to this month’s Special Challenge.

Offstage

if dance is a song
composed by the soul
to be sung by the body
if dance is rapture
animation, rhapsody
if body is a lyre
that sings the heart’s desire
then she is certainly not singing
anything right now
offstage
away from lights, props, applause
where she is bright and breezy
on the tip of her toes
it’s so easy to know
at one glance
the dancer from the dance
the figure in hat
listens in silence
her soundless words
on the drabness of life
and ecstasy of art
which the photograph
reflects
in the chiaroscuro of light and shade

 

Nawal Kishor Sharma teaches English at a university in Gujarat, India. He has published poems in Visual Verse, an online anthology of art and words. His areas of interest include comparative literature, translation and history of art.

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