Poetry 2018 Longlist, Mauli Joshi

One Night Actor

That darkly delirious night

The travesty of her tears

A mere beginning of the portentous years

For the queen of the stage.


Her chest abounded with secrets

Emotions splurged from her eyes.

She followed Stanislavski in reel life

But opted for Brecht in real life.


The heart held a commotion

But the words captivated calmness.

He pulverized her, they thought

She’ll rise from the ashes, she knew.


She screamed, she cried

Louder than that night

Evocative scene permeated the veins

And the Queen bowed for one last time.

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