Varnamala : Contemporary Oriya Poetry

 
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GAJANAN MISHRA
 

SO LATE AT NIGHT


Why should someone arrive  
so late at night ?  
Nothing to worry, dear,  
Sleep for another hour.  

One who always wanted to leave  
at last flew away  
in the right direction.  
Tell him to present himself  
whenever I wish.  

When you get tired  
of making the wooden puppets dance,  
and sit down under the shadow  
of the leafless neem tree,  
I will stand up  
and announce :  
I am here,  
alone.  
  
  
Translation :
Ganeswar Mishra    

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