CAN WRITE ABOUT THE WESTERN PARTS
Can write about the western parts
Having gone there to work for the bund
At the age of thirteen or fourteen.
When I walked through the Kari1
The wind pushed me on and on.
Above the plantains with torn leaves
Fields extended as far as one could see
Drank the water from the canal
Tried rowing somebody’s boat.
It is in the water that the stone wall is built
I also dived into the water with large stones
And placed them in the deep.
You have to feel about to place the stone,
After the midsummer vacation, returned to school.
So also in poetry
The stone has to be placed in the unseen depths.
(Trans by p j benoy)