Varnamala : Contemporary Oriya Poetry

 
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KUMAR HASSAN
 

HOUSES IN SKETCHBOOKS


Hussainesque they are not—
Children sketch mansions  
in their handy Drawing Books  

Elegant portals  
breezy boudoirs  
speckled gardens  
cool shade of a tree  
looming over the gate  
spacious drives  
and paved pathways  

On a hilltop  
as ever the rising sun  
and, look, those tiny hands  
make lilies bloom  

The House of their sketchbook  
is never their Home  
The riot of colours knows no bound  
The Drawing Teacher's initials  
spell the doom  
  

Translation :
The poet  

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