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Bhagirathi Mishra


Raise your foot, father.
The sky calls you, gesturing by hand.
Long ago my Picture Primer got lost
who knows where.

Kick the void
and bloom into a smile.
One's autodream in one's own slumber

somewhere, since long,
it has been hibernating.

Meanwhile my fingers
have sprouted out, father;
get up, please,
stretch your hands.

The balloons you brought for me

they are still there
somewhere in my hand;
the photographs with shoes and fancy tinted glasses

they are still there

My rushing towards you
stumbling, falling down, getting up
and running once again
and the inevitable wounds

they are still there

Come, father,
Come now,
calls me that toddler

my youngest child,
gesturing by hand.

Translated by Kumud Ray


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