We Lived in your Land


By Sri Lekhak

The guests who put up at this hospice
hospice for all
for guests’ sojourn

Let the guests eat
all the yajna’s sacrificial animals

for their tale
back at home
in their own land!


* 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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