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Ancient Man | पुरानो मानिस

1 October 2016

Translated from the Nepali to the English by Prakash Subedi

One needs the newest thing
to kill the most ancient man on earth

What thing of that kind
do you have left?

An amended democracy?
A republic?

Sophisticated guns
tanks, missiles, rocket-launchers
or
biological weapons
or
an international anthem?

You burned down his house
and with it
burned his children
his wife, brothers and relatives
the bhangra, bhoto and gado
bakkhu, dhoti and hakupatasi
that he wore were burned
but why didn’t he burn
do you know?

You called him a terrorist
a government spy
your extreme torture
severed his humble hands
plucked out his innocent eyes and tongue
hacked off his neck and legs
you pierced his earth-like heart
with your bayonet
and roared in victory
but why didn’t he die
do you know?

One needs the newest thing
to kill the most ancient man on earth

What thing of that kind 
do you have left?

Language?
Relgion?

Caste
culture, tribe, nationality
or
human rights?
or
Supreme America?

What thing of that sort
do you have left
that 
can wipe out the most ancient man on this earth?
Can you
wipe out the smell of paddy from the fields?
Can you
wipe out the smell of the wind in the hills?
Can you 
wipe out the smell of water from the sea?

What thing of that kind
do you still have left?
Tell me! What do you have
that can
wipe out the brown smell of sweat from this earth?

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