[Issue 12 / 1 Feb 15]

It’s not easy

To see you

In the dark

My fingers have

To wear fireflies.

 

It’s not easy to

Gather your laughter

In a quiet room

As though my lips

Have to spread a fish net.

 

It isn’t that easy

Because

Your spirit

Keeps prancing around me

And flitting about

Like it needs me

For its very breath.

 

It’s not easy

Because for years

You have been taking

A sip of breath from me

And in exchange

You leave me a bird.

 

There are thousands of birds

In my head now

Flying around

With your restive faith

On their grey wings

 

It’s not easy these days

To love you.

 

Translated from Hindi by Paromita Chakrabarti with Minakshi Thakur

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Minakshi Thakur ‘s first book, An Indian Evening, a collection of poems in English, was published by Writers Workshop in 2002. She has since published two collections of Hindi poems: Jab Utthi Yavanika (2003); and Neend Ka Akhiri Pul (2010), which was shortlisted for the Sahitya Akademi Yuva Puraskar 2012. Her first novel, Lovers Like You and I was published in 2013 by Harper Collins. Minakshi has trained in Khayal and Dhrupad and enjoys singing. She is currently working on her second novel.

 

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Minakshi Thakur ‘s first book, An Indian Evening, a collection of poems in English, was published by Writers Workshop in 2002. She has since published two collections of Hindi poems: Jab Utthi Yavanika (2003); and Neend Ka Akhiri Pul (2010), which was shortlisted for the Sahitya Akademi Yuva Puraskar 2012. Her first novel, Lovers Like You and I was published in 2013 by Harper Collins. Minakshi has trained in Khayal and Dhrupad and enjoys singing. She is currently working on her second novel.

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