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A Wish

Day thirty of NaPoWriMo. For the last poem of the month the challenge is to translate a poem from a non-English language. I chose to attempt a famous  Malayalam poem called Moham (wish) by O.N.V. Kuruppu.

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I wish once more I could reach that courtyard where my memories still graze,
I wish I could once more shake that gooseberry tree in a corner of that courtyard,
I wish I could go and pick up a gooseberry and eat it.
I still wish to appreciate the pleasing sourness and bitterness.
I wish I could then drink water from the well and exclaim how sweet!

I wish once more I could sit idle by the shore of that river.
I wish while sitting idle I could listen to the cuckoo’s song and sing back.
I wish listening to that I could catch the cuckoo’s melody.
I wish I could say no when the deceived cuckoo finally flies away.

I wish to pointlessly keep wishing despite knowing that these wishes are pointless.
I wish to pointlessly keep wishing despite knowing that these wishes are pointless.

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One comment on “A Wish

  1. beautifully written..he is my favorite author.

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