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Realization & Other Poems— Shrikant Verma

Oct 13, 2022 | Poetry | 0 comments

Translated from the Hindi by Purbasha Roy 

Far in that dark, there’s something that clangs
maybe, it is the peepal.

There, on the river shores, someone sleeps
maybe, it is a journey.

Some lamp child wakes night long
maybe, it is faith.


Only Ashoka is returning
and all
are asking for Kalinga’s address.

Only Ashoka has bowed his head
and all
are walking like winners.

Only in Ashoka’s ears, the echoes scream
and all
in laughter double.

Only Ashoka has kept the weapons,
only Ashoka
was fighting.

Children don’t walk 

Children don’t walk,
Walks question marks!
Life’s question marks!
Courtyard’s question marks!
But you are answerless.

Wake up! wake up! wake up!
Falling is not necessary;
Rising is necessary.

Also, read a Hindi story, written by Mamta Kalia , translated into English by Rituparna Mukherjee, and published in The Antonym

Freedom— Mamta Kalia

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Shrikant Verma (1932-1986) was an Indian poet and a Member of Parliament from Madhya Pradesh. He has authored twenty books. Verma was awarded Tulsi Samman for Jalsagar by Madhya Pradesh Government in 1976. Shiksha Samman was awarded to him by the Madhya Pradesh Kala Parishad in 1981. In 1982, he presided over the Afro-Asian Writer’s Conference hosted in New Delhi. In 1987, he was posthumously awarded the Sathiya Academy Award for Magadh.

Purbasha Roy is a writer from Jharkhand India. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in Bluestem DASH View magazine, Bayou Review Long Con magazine, Hive avenue Hills Hoist, and elsewhere. She has secured second position in the 8th Singapore Poetry Contest 2022.



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