Vayana (Reading) : Vijaya Lakshmy (Translation from Malayalam)

In one page as I turn, the serene blue skies

In the other- furious, the embattled ocean waters,

What if the sentences remain deeply silent-

Within them, time in greenly splendour- bursts forth.

In pages, smouldering ashes of rebellion

Intense like an impending great flood;

In the metallic dust that  encompasses all

The mind’s days and nights yearn towards

An imagery of ineffable twilight.

Then as I read, it rains

And wind hits against the glass windows

Relentlessly, by and by.

In the undulating flow of the

Goddess of Words

The earth’s mother-heart

Cools

The pain subsides.

********

Originally published in Malayalam, 2010, Mathrubhumi Literary Weekly Magazine

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