Harish Meenashru1

Rookie (3rd January 1953 / Anand)

Love Hymn 8 - Poem by Harish Meenashru1

I return the empty oyster-shell to the ocean
Thanks! I’ll be grateful to you
I sift out of the pearl
a bead of water:
and entrust the thing of a cloud to the cloud.

Something is missing in the count of the firmament since many days:
from this tender-white luster
that frustrates the moon
I inform the constellation of pain
and assign it a name: Swati
No shell no ocean
No pearl no liberation
Everything that I possess which I never did beseech
sprinkle it back to the Kalpvriksh
and shut the love in the gaze-
protected by the flames of submarine blaze.

(A Gujarati poem by Harish Meenashru. Translation by Dr. Piyush Joshi and Harish Meenashru.)

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Poem Submitted: Tuesday, June 12, 2007

Poem Edited: Thursday, March 10, 2011

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