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I Want To Chop The Moon Into Tiny Pieces by Hemanta Dalpati, trans. Pitambar Naik

I Want to Chop the Moon into Tiny Pieces

We compose songs on a moonlit night, we sing humobauli and play hide

and seek, on a moonlit night, go to the jungle coupling with young women

and young men, we dance and celebrate surhul on a moonlit night.

You weaponised that moon, centralising the moon to create heaps

of literature; dabbling the spell on the moon from across the world

equated it to the face of your beloved and sometimes you plunged it

into the hands of tender Krishna, when he denied eating rice.

Of the night, and for the reign of the night, such a skullduggery

around the moon, the illusion of the moonlight is utter deception.

The whole planet has a cascade of moonlight now, and the moonlight is

lifting me up to the sky, how fascinating it is to see down from above!

How elegant are the tins, and asbestos of the displaced, thatched houses,

camps, and the fresh blood of Sukru Jani who was run over by a Vedant

vehicle, the snow-like whiteness—the bubbling dew; the face of

Kamala Majhi glitters even after she has been sucked, bitten, spit

and abandoned near the tent. The dam that has swallowed 108 villages

is a wavy white blanket; there’s no sorrow nor pain, and the cities,

villages, rivers, jungles and mountains are bathing in milk and butter.

You taught me, it’s good to go up from the land and from men to see the

earth. I’m obsessed with the charming substance of the moon, even

during the day placing the moonlight in my pocket, I’m roaming around,

wherever I can, switching off the sun and I’m sowing the moonlight from my

pocket, miles in every direction; I float and as the sun rises at once, I find

myself on the ground and I see I have bought a bouquet with the money

I should have bought insulin for my father from Khaprakhol and I see all my

social science books are infested by termites, I’m kissing the naked idols of

temples like my beloved, reciting rain poetry to the washed-off germinations.

By this time, so many comrades have invoked me, they’ve gone since

long ago to slash the moon, the night and the darkness; some have

already been shot dead; I’m not able to move away from here, repeating—

lest the moon will sink, I’m not taking my feet at all off my place

look, the moon rises, look, look the moonlight is inundating,

look, the moonlight is about to lift me up. Strengthen me, embolden me

oh, my co-chevaliers. Lend me a knife, give me a cutter, else hand me

a pen, I want to chop this moon into tiny pieces, I’m going!


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