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ABKI AGAR LAUTA TO / KUNWAR NARAIN



 

IF I RETURN THIS TIME

If I return this time
I will return better.


Not With a whiske

spiked on my face

Not with a steel-tail

tied to my waist

No, I will give way to the co-farer

not glower at him

         with the tiger eyes of a predator


If I return this time

I will return more humane


Coming from home

walking a lane

boarding a bus

catching a train

         not a measly pup

         run-over here and there


If I do survive

I will return more beholden 


If I return this time 


not more scarred

but more caring for all

I will return more complete

 

                                    - Kunwar Narain

 

English translation, by Apurva Narain, from the book, 'No Other World'

(C) Poet, Translator

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