Author | Amitabh Vikram Dwivedi

Between action and inaction,
Speech and silence,
There lies something,
Which scribbles and drags itself
To attain meaningfulness.

It comes out as innocent babbling,
And at times as incorrect twitching and stuttering.
A creature with bones gets defeated, and
Becomes embarrassed by a boneless thing.

Is it some rivalry
Between mind and body,
Or simply their conspiracy against me?
I consider it otherwise.

No mother teaches it, but
Between action and inaction,
Speech and silence,
When meaningfulness loses its significance
Stammering comes into being,
The first universal language of human beings.

About the Author | Amitabh Vikram Dwivedi is the assistant professor of linguistics at Shri Mata Vaishno Devi University, India. His research interests include language documentation, writing descriptive grammars, and the preservation of rare and endangered languages in South Asia. He has contributed many articles to many Science Citation Index journals, and articles to encyclopaedias, chiefly with Sage and ABC-CLIO Publications.

His most recent books are A Grammar of Hadoti (Lincom: Munich, 2012), A Grammar of Bhadarwahi (Lincom: Munich, 2013), and a poetry collection titled Chinaar kaa Sukhaa Pattaa (2015) in Hindi.

As a poet, he has published more than 100 poems in different anthologies, journals and magazines worldwide. Until recently, his poem “Mother” has been published as a prologue to Motherhood and War: International Perspectives (Eds.), Palgrave Macmillan Press. 2014. His poetry collection titled Something Lurks It Seems is forthcoming (2017).