Like war, in love too,
The [S/s]tate is important:
For war it is nation, and
For love notion.
It is a matter of life and death:
In one you risk body, and
In other heart.
Constraints determine your moves;
Factors govern success and defeat.
You must accord with the ruler:
Commander or Heart, at all times & every seasons,
Cause it is a matter of life and death.
Believe your ruler,
As you have no choice:
If embrace victory the world is yours,
Otherwise you will rot for sure.
Amitabh Vikram Dwivedi is assistant professor of linguistics at Shri Mata Vaishno Devi University, India. His most recent books are A Grammar of Hadoti (Lincom Europa Academic Publications, 2012), A Grammar of Bhadarwahi (Lincom Europa Academic Publications, 2013), and a poetry collection titled Chinaar kaa Sukhaa Pattaa (2015) in Hindi.
Glenn Bowie is a published poet, lyricist and photographer from the Boston area. He also owns and operates an elevator company that supplies custom-built elevators for clients from New England to Hollywood. Author of two poetry and photograph collections (Under the Weight of Whispers and Into the Thorns and Honey) on Big Table Publishing, he donates all profits from his books to various charities for the homeless and local animal shelters. Glenn is also the official photographer for the Newton Writing and Publishing Center.