Standing In Queue

Satish Verma

How deep was
the lake at sunset―
where my life trailed
from beach to beach?

My animal inside
was dead.
Do you believe in
I will embrace the non-violent

It was the carnage
of moment. The brutality of
its strength casts spell.

There was a quick
about-face. Dark night
will paint your face
with stars.

Becoming a drunk
survivor of your grace
I am blunting
my pain.