Empty Room and Letter


By M.B. Meme

An empty big house
the rooms all empty;
your soft breeze-
scentless,
useless.

But in one room,
on a decrepit
wooden table
stood a strong
letter
with might and main
on its dignity.

And today

now
father Sun
slants
towards the western hills
drinking the rasas
of mother Earth.

(Translated from Manipuri by Thoithoi O’Cottage)

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