Monday, March 17, 2014

The farm is sad - Om Prakash Valmiki

tr. from Om Prakash Valmiki's Hindi poem 'Khet Udaas Hain' 

The bird is sad
for the emptiness of the forest.
The children are sad
for - hammered like a nail 
on the doors of the big houses -
this grief of the bird.

The farm is sad --
that even after a full harvest
he, with mortar on his head,
is going up and down the ladder
against that wall being built.

The girl is sad --
till when can she hide the birth.

And the rented hands
are writing on the wall
'To be sad
is against the spirit of India.'

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