(28.06.1952 / Coventry)

Solitary Moments

Only the autumnal wail
Only the swallow's thirst
for moonbeams

Sometimes a tale
Sometimes I hum a verse

Only in the heart
a pale purple river
deep and surging
lean in times
and sometimes in spate, raging

Only words
love, non-love
memory, forgetting
the hours of waiting

Talk only of wings breaking
only of being cursed

Only the autumnal wail
solitary moments.

Translated by Pradip Acharjya

by Prem Narayan Nath

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