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The Colour Blue | नीला रंग

1 October 2016

Translated from the Hindi to the English by Mridula Nath Chakraborty

blue
blue coloured weals
would form
on body on heart
blows of forced labour and insult

remember?
the pot hanging from the neck
the broom tied to the waist
the rope on the broom
bubbling up drops of blood
just under the skin

green wounds red bruises
turning blue then black
leaving behind their indelible marks
bloodying the mind

though there isn’t today
the rope around the neck
the broom at the waist
the broken-sounding bamboo board
in the hands
but why don’t they go away
those blue marks?

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