No Ocean Here, by Sweta Srivastava Vikram
The ants in the wall
don‘t know me.
The roaches breeding
on the leftovers disregard me.
The house lizard mocks
my inability to detach.
The tides in the sea
urge me to forfeit.
My absence creates the presence of a fact:
I didn‘t exist for those I lived.
About the Author
Sweta Srivastava Vikram is an award-winning writer, poet, novelis, author, essayist, columnist, educator, and blogger. She is the author of three chapbooks of poetry: “Kaleidoscope: An Asian Journey of Colors,” “Because All Is Not Lost,” and “Beyond the Scent of Sorrow.” She is also the co-author of two poetry collections: “Whispering Woes of Ganges & Zambezi” and “Not All Birds Sing” Niyogi Books in India published her first novel “Perfectly Untraditional” Her first nonfiction book of prose and poems, “Mouth full,” will be published in the UK in 2012. Sweta’s work has appeared or is forthcoming in literary journals, online publications, and anthologies across six countries in three continents.
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