One More Poem

by Gopi Kottoor

One more poem may tell me of you
and why
you chose to stare back at the sky
with my wound bleeding before your eyes;
One more poem may be the triumph.
The clearing of meat from blood
as under a flowing tap.
and why; one more poem.
so that the poem can be hung like meat
sans all the dripping of blood
it is made of;

for the poet is the butcher
the murderer and fiend
the lover who loves
the one that loves
thirty pieces of silver

and his poem
is his meat and bone

The Zong

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Gopi Kottoor ( Gopikrishnan Kottoor) b.1956, Trivandrum, Kerala, India. First published in ' The Illustrated weekly Of India', at 17, at about the time he began to write poems. He has several distinguished prizes for his poetry, including, The All India Best Poetry Prize in the Special Category, The All India Second Prize, and also commendations in the All India Poetry Society Society, British Council awards (95-98). He has published in major magazines including Nth position (UK), Ariel (Canada), Orbis, (USA), Verse (USA), and in poetry anthologies, such as Bloodaxe Anthology of Contemporary Indian Verse (UK), and Post Independence Indian Poetry in English, among others. He was Resident poet, Augsburg, Germany, on an ICCR scholarship where his book of poems ' Father, Wake Us In Passing" was translated into German, and as published as a Laufscrift, Furtn edition, 2004. He enrolled in The MFA of the Texas State University, (San marcos, Texas, USA) and Kathleen Peirce showed interest in his work that gave him the enrollment. His poems on Radha-Krishna can be read online at, which has by now over 3500 hits. His selected poems ' Victoria Terminus' is his tenth book of poems. A poem from his poetry collection ' A Buchenwald Diary', on Buchenwald concentration camp, East Germany was chosen as prayer by Ardours of Christ . He presently lives in Trivandrum, Kerala, India.