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God Gave Gray Cells
Nabakanta Barua (26 December 1926 – 14 July 2002 / Guwahati / India)

God Gave Gray Cells

God gave man brains
To achieve lunacy therewith.
With his body plenished with blood
The heart took on the task of mistrust.
Speech he had
Wherewith cunningly to obscure truth.

The only truth left to Man
Is the work-moist hands of his own woman
Clasped in his weary hands of an evening
And the smile of this his child.

[ Translated by Pradip Acharya ]

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