A Hanging Tale

Satish Verma

Your hands tremble, 
when you accept― 
the cup of hemlock. 

Not like Socrates, 
who described the ascending bane 

Art of letting it go― 
was inherent. Exogamy. 
The root population grows. 

I have come to take 
your hand, O death, 
out of caste. 

You tell me, 
it was out of turn, 
to stitch the black wound. 

The howling was persistent― 
Moon was not yet sighted.