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By Bina Theeng Tamang and translated by Hem Bishwakarma

Bina Theeng Tamang

My Father

Ere yesterday,

I could not see my father

He turned up—

While I had been to collect the sun

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For the second chance,

He turned up at daytime, yesterday

Oh! I’m sorry, I could not see him

For I went out

To seek a morsel of food

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Perhaps,

He will turn up this evening

Yet, I am walking out to reap the time

I know, I would not see him yet again

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My father had to take me

To a hospital

Lifting a spiky sun on his head

Along the bank of the Rapti River

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I am here —

Showcased as a city-marionette

Grasped by a lollypop so tight

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He used to look into the sky

With a deep sigh!

I used to look at the city

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He used to ask briskly

Groping money —

Earned selling the Kulfi

“Which did you like, dear?”

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He used to laugh

With the face shattered by helplessness;

And the chest stroked by fate

Then he would say,

“You are my heart

How would I live heartbroken?”

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After four to five years of his avowal

He let his heart

To a strange person

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He is unwell nowadays

However,

He comes to see a piece of his heart

.

How would he know?

For seeking a mouthful bread

Sometimes for collecting the sun

And frequently to reap the time

The Heart rushes ever

In the marathon of life

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We may not see each other

In the next visit, too!

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Bina Theeng Tamang is a writer from Kathmandu. She is an author of two books, Chhuki, a story collection and Rato Ghar, a poem collection. She is an awardee of different Nepali awards.

Hem Bishwakarma is a writer and translator from Nepal. He has poetry and short stories translations, and poems in Nepali and English published to his credit. He mostly works on Nepali-English translations.

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