Startling Likeness

Satish Verma

Yes it is descriptive only, 
the unbearable pain of denudation, 
like blue heartache. 

Touching the extremes, you 
become desperate to― 
reach the first letter. 

The word will form later. 
The virtue of knowing― 
the unknown was a punishment, 
you cannot untie the knots. 

You must know the trick of― 
the trade. How to come back 
alive after touching the skin 
of a viper? 

No celebration to mark― 
the anniversary of the assassin. 
Life itself takes the award.