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Poetry:


Narayan Tiwari

I'm a shoe

I'm a shoe
Someone wears me.
When I die, I know,
They will wear me again.

I'm a shoe
No one puts me on his head.
Now I'm dying, and
No one is ready for my rescue.
I'm a fun for those who wear me
They'll kill me and laugh at my death.

The *peepalbot has my history.
Authors still write
The tales of the Boot-polish movement.
Hands holding pens
Would polish me bright.
Where are they now? Where are they gone?
I'm seeking, seeking
Authors the same.

I'm a shoe.
Is the death of a shoe inevitable?
Poet, I ask you,
Are you busy imagining
My postmodern death?

Who am I?
Probably the same slave
Whom *Chandra Shamser Failed to free.
My legs are without shoes
I'm a shoe myself.

I belong to no race.
A slave I'm, master! a pure slave.
I'm neither a *Madhesi
Nor any tribal man
Nor a woman
Nor any subaltern.
Master! I'm a shoe!
Is my next life possible,
Master?
Is dignity possible?

Note:
*Peepalbot - A huge peepal tree at New Road, Kathmandu.Poets once read their poems under the tree.The famous Boot-Polish movement has its root there.Poets polishing their shoes had dealt a powerful blow upon the then despotic regime. Those poets were influenced by Ginsberg and the Hungry Generation poets and writers.
*Chandra Shamsher - A Rana prime minister who abolished slavery in Nepal.
*Madhesi - People in Nepal's southern belt who feel they are marginalised by the State.

Translation: Manu Manjil






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