To Progress | આગલા વાદાઁ

1 October 2016

Translated from the Dehwali to the English by Gopika Jadeja

When I read my poetry
In our language
In the raga of my ancestors

They look beneath my mouth
Clap enthusiastically
for a few moments

But in order to understand
They ask me to speak
In their language
I cannot dissolve my life
In their language
And explain it to them.

So they teach me their language
To write in, sing in
And explain:
If you want to progress
You will have to
Or else—

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