TOYA GURUNG (Nepal)
Toya Gurung is an eminent poet of Nepali. She has published two collections of poetry. Toya has received several awards, including Ratnasri Subama Padak. She lives in Naya Baneshwar, Nepal.
You said the branches of the bakaina tree have all been cut
How did you write poetry without a subject?
used to come to gaze at its green leaves on the pretext of seeing me
In the beginning the sun’s rays struck those leaves
becoming cool and green
would cool my courtyard
Now the rays shine straight in – scorch my back
If visitors arrive, how can you sit in a room like this?
Its cooler on the other side, its cooler down below,
or its cooler over there
I don’t force them
these days it’s so easy
no need to make tea and snacks for guests
they rarely ask for a drink of water
Right, you said
you leave the room
Then the chill wind that cools only me
begins to blow
- translated by Ann Hunkins