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First Place: The Weekly Poetry Contest #5

The Great Gatsby

by Akshaya Pawaskar
(Ponda, Goa, India)
Published August 13, 2017

The Great Gatsby

by Akshaya Pawaskar

Oh! you created heaven
How I wanted to be her
The fair Daisy.
I hated him. You pushed
Me to despise that face
Of eccentricity
The opulence, reticence
The disregard and make
Believe narcissus
Until the end, until a lady
Died crushed by his fate
Lived Daisy.
Then she was just a puff
Of smoke, fair but frosted
Reviling.
Hey girl there, for just one
Moment, didn’t you wish to
be her?
Then you burned her effigy
Unmasked, and you called
Her names.
Could an event, fictitiously
Molest your mind, put you
To shame.
For reviling a hooded angel
Bat like, for not being able
To call his bluff.
Until the very end, until finis
and how you wish to wipe
The beginning.
You summoning him to life
console him out of the book
into your arms.
But it will never be. The hero
Of Scott, disillusioned aura
Always.
The one who takes the hits
the one who loves, is loved
And loses.

Biography
Akshaya Pawaskar is a doctor practicing in India and poetry is her passion.
Her poems have been published in
Tipton Poetry Journal, Writer's Ezine,
Efiction India, Ink Drift, and many others. She had been chosen as 'Poet of
the Week' on Poetry superhighway and featured writer in Wordweavers
poetry contest.
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