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Manjit Tiwana


Show-Case

A girl all crystal
A boy all flesh.
In the show-case though,
she was talking
he was rooted on the road, brooding.

The girl raised her eyes to the boy.
and the crystal spoke :
        "Swallow me, my whole being, gulp."
The boy, his hunger deep and long,
Reflected
On his poor digestion.
The girl snapped :
       "Coward can't you free me from the show-case ?
         Put me on the road, crush me."
The boy mused.
His delicate feet might bleed.
She growled :
        "Must you think...
         Go home and think.
          You on the road ? What business
          In the show-case though, I will continue talking."

Translated by B. M. Razdan


Husband

Husband is a hungry wolf
who shields you from other wolves
but himself...

Fixing you between his jaws
he boasts :
"See, how safe you are !
I don't devour you."

Husband is a hungry wolf
who shields you from other wolves
but himself...

A motor-machine---
he fits all your spare parts into it,
weeding out every green blade of your existence,
questions :
"Who the hell are you ?"

Instantly, like Red Riding Hood,
you would run away from that wolf.
Like a lightning flash he grabs at you.
Bewildered, you struggle to find yourself desperately.

Husband is a hungry wolf
who saves you from other wolves
but ultimately devours you.

 







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