Prayag Saikia

Maa-Khu - Poem by Prayag Saikia

The elder sister teases her brother
Uhh! Maa khu†
Our brother is yet to grow up
Lord Krishna gobbled soil at this age
The universe emerges as one opens the mouth
Our brother does not touch earth
The youngest(!)
Pampered from head to toe
Look how stylishly he is dozing
The elder brother looks at his sister
In a dramatic way
And winks
Younger brother
Does not get the fun poked at him
By his elder sister
He can't help but doze
At dinner table
It appears like a dream
Three souls
Emerging from the same womb
Ignites the wick of illusive time
Sluggish Bhaity
Very slow in sum of division
His mother tries to solace him
There is nothing much to understand
Division and subtraction is similar
As is addition and multiplication
In one
There is decrement
In the other
It is increment
Light is added to the mind of Bhaity
The drowsiness of division gone
While continuing the exercise of addition
One day
The elder brother got subtracted
Gradually Bhaity
Crossed over the living age
Of the elder brother
The list of addition of Bhaity turns quite long
The right of fire for the mother
Also remained with him
One day mother expressed
Through the language of silence
Bhaity2 said
Looking at the elder sister


Putting the earthly body at the fire
I behold the universe
Lying encaged
Inside the open mouth of Lord Krishna
† - a kid begging its mother to feed him
2 - kid Brother; 3 - elder sister

(Translated from original Assamese by Bibekananda Choudhury)

Topic(s) of this poem: life

Form: Blank Verse

Comments about Maa-Khu by Prayag Saikia

  • Naila Rais (6/9/2018 4:26:00 AM)

    A nice transition... Keep it up... I would like you read my poems and express your views too...

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Poem Submitted: Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Poem Edited: Thursday, April 26, 2018

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