காடு*

Forest is a pyre, a conflagration
of human bodies.

I discard gold from the waist,
the touch of my son.

Dark shadows grow under the eyes
where roots tangle.

Wind fuels the fire, bellows
in the hollowed trunk.

The blue eye of the flame is the cold
silence of death.

___________
* காடு is the Tamizh word for forest.

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