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S. Abdul Rahaman


Thirst

You've,
oh gardener, 
chopped off
my branches
overleaping the hedge;
but
what would you do
with my roots
snaking under it ?


Self-Immolation

One
kindling
the memory of the other,
let us both
burn ourselves out
slowly :
I
a candle
you
an incense stick.
I light up
agony :
you add
fragrance.

Soon as the light is out
agony will forget me;
but your thoughts
would wheel around it.


Translated by M. S. ramaswami

 









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