Hands to Take

Category: Poetry in Translation
Title: Lougadaba Khut / Hands to Take
Poet: Srilekhak
Source book: Hingliba Misinggi Catalogue
Original language: Manipuri
Type of poetry: Abstract poem
Year of publication: 1995

Hands to Take*


                      joined
                   mortared,
       and sunlight-hardened

hands, left and right,
let out a war cry for victory
       piercing the heavens
       with broadhead spears

                after snatching!


  • 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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