Shiv Kumar Batalvi

(23 July 1936 - 7 May 1973 / Punjab / British India)

Words - Poem by Shiv Kumar Batalvi

Yesterday, I was collecting words.

One was up there, sitting in the bo tree,
Another was in the banyan.
One was wandering in my street,
Another was lying in the earthen jar.
A green word lay in the fields,
A black one was eating flesh.
A blue word was flying
With a grain of the sun in its beak.
Every single thing in this world looks like a word to me.
The words of eyes,
The words of hands.
But I do not understand words I hear from a mouth.
I can only read words.
I can only read words.

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Poem Submitted: Monday, March 26, 2012

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