Saturday, December 18, 2010


Didn`t I tell you
not to drive away
the fly
from the dirt?
You didn`t listen.
It flew from the dirt
and is now sitting
on the puss
flowing from the wound.
Don`t drive it away
from there: it may
fly and sit
on the rice
you are to eat.

Or, if you can aim right
clap your hands once and kill it stright
sit back and relax.

(Translated from original Kannada by me. Kannada original is published in Mataduva mara, my collected poems.)


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