Empty House, Hollow Man


By Sri Lekhak

Looking for an unoccupied space
in the vast cosmos
seeking to set foot in
                          I made my nest
                                       warp and weft
                                       criss-cross

It's broken
        by a voice singing off beat
                                       Remain
                                       I remain all along

        a hollow man
        of an empty house!

* 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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