Nilmani Phookan

(10 September 1933 - / Dergaon, Golaghat, Assam / India)

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Don’t Ask Me How I Am

Don’t ask me how I am
Down the Kolong comes floating
A headless girl
For my corpse
Was lying for forty-two hours
On the pavement of Guwahati
For I’m open-eyed still
My death too has its eyes open
For in ditches—puddles rivers—lakes
Fish in shoals whisk about
Hey, ambling horsemen of mine.

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The Sky Throbs

The sky throbs, I grope for the lamp
All of a sudden in full flesh and blood
My mother
The lamp in her eyes, blood all over her face—I shriek…

'Mother and Motherland'

Passing through the tree-leaves it sparkles upon the green
You’re my sun on the face of clouds

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