Eternal Love*

Category: Poetry in Translation
Title: Nungshiba / Eternal Love
Poet: Srilekhak
Source book: Hingliba Misinggi Catalogue
Original language: Manipuri
Type of poetry: Abstract poem
Year of publication: 1995

Love,
permeating the air and light!
                           Love,
                     man
                           peels you off
                           splits you open
and skims off the cream
with a heaven’s ladle.
                     Man,
                           we are your comestibles—
                           birds and animals, woods and forests,
                                             all of us,
                                             all of us!

  • Translated from Srilekhak’s 1995 Manipuri poetry collection, Hingliba Misinggi Catalogue.
    The translation of the collection, Catalogue of Living People, will be released in early 2015.
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