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YOU, AS SCARCE AS WATER

Par |2018-11-16T08:43:59+00:00 23 décembre 2012|Catégories : Blog|

 

I see you beco­ming
as scarce for me as water

Too scarce for the roots of my crop
Too scarce for my birds to bathe in
Too scarce for my thirs­ting tra­vel­ler
Too scarce for my dough-knea­ding woman
My ox arrives at your lake
and looks around with deso­late eyes

I see all of this in your demea­nour

I see you beco­ming scarce for me
the way water becomes more and more scarce

And like drought stri­cken land
I can­not even ask
Why is this hap­pe­ning ?
Water, why are you doing this to me ?

When there is no water
who can the river speak to ?
Like that river I too
am in com­mu­nion with myself

And like the weed
sprea­ding far across the dry river­bed
somew­here in me there is still
the green memo­ry of you

 

TRANSLATED FROM THE HINDI BY RAHUL SONI

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