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An Incomplete Conversation

Anitha Devi Pillai

What if when our eyes meet

and one of us turns away, 

will we fill the air with silence

or empty words, laying 

it side by side

a question,

a nod, smile

empty talk?


I hope when my voice 

reaches you 

with stretched arms

in a whisper 

across the table

at your favorite spot

you will hear me 

in your heart.




First published in The Pangolin Review in 2018

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