Translations from Malayalam: Sreelatha Varma

Puzha Kadakkumbol / Crossing the river

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Crossing the river, try reciting a poem

Snap your fingers to the tune of the oars.

Slow, shy speed, moving distances

The laughter of the gentle waves

You should feel-

The place of your birth and the shore of your passion

Have come close, have gone far

As the trees move, leaves fall

In the brooding dark green

As you cross the river, hum a poem

Become compassion, overflowing.


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