A Language of Forgetting

A river brushed against me
in the language of water,

and suddenly, in the language
of flight, the birds
moved below the clouds,

on trees written in a hieroglyphic script,
leaves stirred together, and in their movement
was the language of rustling –

it felt as if you are somewhere close,
drawing near in the language of the body

and whispering a language of forgetting
to those you could not.

                                           

                                                 translated by Akhil Katyal   from Hindi. Original here

 

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Rajesh Joshi (born 1946) is a Hindi writer, poet, journalist and a playwright, who was the recipient of 2002 Sahitya Akademi Award in Hindi for his anthology of poems - 'Do Panktiyon Ke Beech' (Between Two Lines). He recently returned his Sahitya Akademi award in protest at "increasing intolerance in the country." He presently resides in Bhopal

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