Tabish Khair

(1966 - / Gaya / India)

Immigrant - Poem by Tabish Khair

It hurts to walk on new legs:
The curse of consonants, the wobble of vowels.

And you for whom I gave up a kingdom
Can never love that thing I was.

When you look into my past
You see
Weeds and scales.

Once I had a voice.
Now I have legs.

Sometimes I wonder
Was it fair trade?

(Based on H. C. Andersen's ‘The Little Mermaid')

[From: Man of Glass]

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Poem Submitted: Monday, March 26, 2012

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