By Sri Lekhak

I am
searching for a private room
to commit suicide in

In one of the shabby rooms of
the damp tantric-mask wearing
African collage painters
I want to die in there

for motherland
for the nation’s freedom

lest the soldiers will see you

* Translated from Manipuri by Thoithoi O’Cottage. The original poem appeared in Sri Lekhak’s Hingliba Meesinggee Catalogue (The Catalogue of Living People), published in 1995 by Sahitya Seva Samiti, Kakching, Manipur.


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