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Not Those

Not Those
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First Published: Fri, Jan 01 2010. 10 09 PM IST
Updated: Fri, Jan 01 2010. 10 09 PM IST
When evening comes
birds return
But not those who had gone
When night comes
lamps light up again—
But not those that extinguished yesterday
The dry river fills up
the waters lovingly caress the shores
But not those who
after turning into clouds, flew away
I shall also return
in love, in your poems, in your house
after crossing eternity
But not those
who had left this place—
This poem is excerpted from Sudeep Sen’s recent book of translations of Indian and world poets, Aria (Monsoon Editions, Rs599). Write to lounge@livemint.com
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First Published: Fri, Jan 01 2010. 10 09 PM IST
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