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Pabitra Mohan Dash

The House

Sprinkling my impure blood
I have purified my yard
I have arranged rows of wick-lights,
bright with sin,
I have made my nightmares stand,
bowing their heads as arches
and have gone on pouring
the welcome song of liquid silence
from my broken heart.

My house only awaits
the touch of your feet
to be glorified.

I have kept with me
the storm of sighs,
my half-hidden moon
and a tearful rain
so that there will be no omen
on your good wishes for us.
Do I dare to name
this house of pretension
as a temple ?
The only thing is that
on the touch of your feet
my house shall be glorified.

With the delay in your arrival,
the thatch of the house
has started flying off
and the wall collapsing.
The roaring forty has already
announced your non-arrival.

That this house is yours,
the ominous hawk has
gone past, declaring it.

It is to your house
that you should have come.
Why should I be anxious
at all ?

Translated by Rabindra K Swain


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