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SATRUGHNA PANDAB
 

WAR


It's immaterial  
as to who loses  
and who wins  
in the war.  

Only that  
the earth is soaked,  
bathed  
in blood, time and again.  

Who fights with whom ?  
Who is sacrificed?  

The war  
wipes blue and greenery  
from the sky and trees,  
breaks the wings of the wind,  
throttles the swans  
of the rains. 

Who fights with whom ?  
Who is sacrificed ?  

No one on the banks  
of the river of blood,  
no kith and kin;  
afloat on it  
rafters of bones,  
and bones.  

On the edge of the sword  
a chunck of flesh  
of the earth;  
the obssessed warrior  
busy in wiping  
from it the rust.  

It's immaterial  
as to who loses,  
who wins  
in the war.  
  

Translation :
Rabindra K Swain  

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