Treasure Island

Amrita Pritam

(31 August 1919 – 31 October 2005 / Gujranwala, Punjab / Pakistan)

Me


Lots of contemporaries—
but 'me' is not my contemporary.

My birth without 'me'
was a blemished offering on the collection plate.
A moment of flesh, imprisoned in flesh.

And when to the tip of this tongue of flesh
some word comes, it kills itself.
If saved from killing itself,
it descends to the paper, where a murder happens.

Gunshot—
if it strikes me in Hanoi
it strikes again in Prague.

A little smoke floats up,
and my 'me' dies like an eighth-month child.
Will my 'me' one day be my contemporary?

Submitted: Monday, September 24, 2012
Edited: Monday, September 24, 2012

Do you like this poem?
0 person liked.
0 person did not like.

What do you think this poem is about?



Read this poem in other languages

This poem has not been translated into any other language yet.

I would like to translate this poem »

word flags

What do you think this poem is about?

Poet's Notes about The Poem

[Translated from the Punjabi by D.H. Tracy & Mohan Tracy]

Comments about this poem (Me by Amrita Pritam )

Enter the verification code :

There is no comment submitted by members..

PoemHunter.com Updates

New Poems

  1. Vendetta, Naveed Khalid
  2. High School, Hayley Lewis
  3. Lavender, Naveed Khalid
  4. The Old Bell, Martin Hicks
  5. Oldman, Naveed Khalid
  6. Eros, Naveed Khalid
  7. Hyperbole, Naveed Khalid
  8. A Boy, Naveed Khalid
  9. Lat bite, Nassy Fesharaki
  10. Guilt, Martin Hicks

Poem of the Day

poet Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

When the hours of Day are numbered,
And the voices of the Night
Wake the better soul, that slumbered,
To a holy, calm delight;

Ere the evening lamps are lighted,
...... Read complete »

 

Modern Poem

 

Trending Poems

  1. 04 Tongues Made Of Glass, Shaun Shane
  2. The Road Not Taken, Robert Frost
  3. Daffodils, William Wordsworth
  4. Footsteps of Angels, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
  5. Farewell, Anne Brontë
  6. Invictus, William Ernest Henley
  7. Phenomenal Woman, Maya Angelou
  8. If, Rudyard Kipling
  9. Dreams, Langston Hughes
  10. Still I Rise, Maya Angelou

Trending Poets

[Hata Bildir]