Vidya Shankar’s poem from #CeWoPoWriMoWE 2022, Yugen Quest Review Summer Edition, June 2022

A Zuihitsu

killing me softly … with quiet

The pathways in my head more congested than city roads. Screaming scars, unhealed hurt from the past — emotional roadblocks

A truck trundles past, its horn blaring a caution

The load on its back, heavy

bound with thick ropes, by sturdy hands

yet sways precariously



topple over



A smoky thought chokes me. I sigh

l o n g and


The tunnel is long, deep. The darkness tangible. The line of flickering 40 watt bulbs from a different century seem to emit no respite

Geithoorn could be from another century. A car-free village with no roads. Only waterways. And boats. They say it is quiet there.

Too quiet. They call their boats ‘whisper boats’

From somewhere in the distance floats, as if in a whisper, the strains of Killing Me Softly with His Song

Will a mental Geithoorn kill me softly with its quiet?