On the altar of love

jugransunita

I am ready
To be sacrificed
On the altar of love.

I watch with fascination
As my body is sanctified
Sandalwood paste
Making my skin, smooth and fragrant

Sprinkled holy water
Falls like cold rain
Drops adorn me
Like dew on flower petals

I wait
Night is approaching fast
Flutter of wings
Matches the flutter of heart.

I watch
As the bird of pray swoops down
I inhale his smell
I know him
From some past , may be.

I watch
As it feasts
On bits of me

I feel no pain
Just curiosity
How much of me will remain
After love has taken all.

(C) Sunita Jugran

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About Danny Kemp

I was at work one sunny November day in 2006, stopped at a red traffic light when a van, driven incompetently, smashed into me. I was taken to St Thomas' Hospital and kept in for a while, but it was not only the physical injuries that I suffered from; it was also mental ones. I had lost confidence in myself let alone those around me. The experts said that I had post-traumatic´╗┐ stress disorder, which I thought only the military or emergency personnel suffered from. On good days, I attempted to go to work, sometimes I even made it through Blackwell Tunnel only to hear, or see, something that made me jump out of my skin and that's when the anxiety attacks would start. I told my wife that I was okay and going regularly, but I wasn't. I could not cope with life and thought about ending it. Somehow or other with the help of my wife and medical professionals, I managed to survive and ever so slowly rebuild my self-esteem. It took almost four years to fully recover, but it was during those dark depressive days that I began to write. My very first story, Look Both Ways, Then Look Behind, found a literary agent but not a publisher. He told me that I had a talent, raw, but nevertheless, it was there. His advice was to write another story and that I'm delighted to say, I did. The success of that debut novel, The Desolate Garden, was down to sheer hard work, luck, and of course, meeting a film producer.
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