Midnight pools catch the brilliant lanterns
carried by women in procession.
Deep into sleep
I follow them home.
The streets malinger beneath the tight-lipped sky.
Each stone draws like a weapon.
Each cooking fire is a funeral.
The stomach suffers immensely / It suffers from lack.
It’s midwinter and soon time for Losar / time also to cast aside our failures and regrets / and propitiate the deities for the New Year.
खिच्नोस् खिच्नोस् / कसरी बसम्? यसरी? / कि यसरी?
Broken stonework, sharp edges. I feel them / cutting my cheeks and chest. Maybe / someone took my legs?
Let’s sit beneath this sky
strung with nine hundred thousand lights
and drink bowls of this old chyāng
You – my bastard child, you have learnt to speak, after years
I have created –
a country for you where your fractured self
lives by multiple names