Dewy Pieces of Torn Paper, Panini Pukhrambam and a New Language

I knew the
We saw the
I feel eh
I will tell you the

Torn pieces of papers lie dew-drenched
in the windy harvested fields

This is not a children’s examination
He is an old man,
When the sentence is complete
The messenger from the big boat will reach this land
And the flood will run dry.

I is
You am
He are

What the hell is your Yorick tongue prattling about?
The dew is cold by the side of the mountain.

(Are you damn rats to burrow so quick
To follow me under the ground?
O I will move hence!)
English is a strange tongue to me
I am learning to string words mechanically together –
Nothing the I saws
The nothing I doesn’t knows
I will to say yous that

The rosy nose elongates, touches the walls
The point clattering about the rafters.

I wills to tell you

The harvested fields are empty
Dewy pieces of torn paper fill the fields

(O! Are they everywhere, the ghostly rats
To such words from every lips, to knock things with their eye-balls
To pluck the tongues if they prick, and hollow a cave out of the crowns?)
I woulds to tell you note this

The linguist walks round reading the grammar of tangled roots and boughs
Parsing the morphemes of the wind through the leaves.

O lovely little girl
Who brought you here on this lotus leaf
In the middle of the sea of a puddle?

The ugly mother toad and her obedient son,
I hate to be his bride in the marshy castle
So they intern me in this leafy cell without walls.

I don’t love             I love
I don’t want           I want
I hate the               I hail

The brown leaves sough confusedly without a gust of wind
They amputate the limbs of sentences.
Now waters do not flow from the springs to make meanings
The trees are brown and the air dusty.

He has many gurus who do not teach
But to learn worlds from.

A butterfly fluttered about a little auburn crow

Anne, Anne, Sister Anne,
You look so sad and homesick!

No, no, not at all! I wait or look for none
Happy am I here on this tower!
(Set to trust none I do not know.)

Anne’s rosy nose touched the tear dampened granite floor
It could push out through the casement and knocking against the stars,
The dragon at the dark corner blew fire at the winged creature
And a spark burnt the magic thread round his neck –
The grammarian had a long fall into the puddle
Frightening the little girl on the lotus leaf.

not happy
not pleased
freedom fighters

(Did the earthen mouth move?
Do pieces of paper like in the vacant fields?)

Mimics sing in any voice
They represent your voice
But you sing a different song to me
They know you sing a different song.

Let’s kill the rats for our moksa!

The emaciated flame dies off the dry lamp wick
The old grammarian is left in the musing darkness.


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