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ABANDONMENT - K. Satchidanandan (India)



-         K. Satchidanandan (India)

Like a hapless mother

Waiting in hiding for someone

To pick up, offer a peck and carry home

The baby she had abandoned

Fresh with blood from her womb,

I lay my poem naked on the street

And wait, listening to its first cries

Until it becomes yours,

Hoping that one day

She might recognise me

And love me or curse me.

(Translated from Malayalam by the poet)