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Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Poem by Shyam Sadhu




Translated from Gujarati by Dr.G.K.Vankar

When the Sixth Sense Awakens

When the sixth sense of the man at the end of the queue awakens
There would erupt a beam of light
From the muladhar chakra of the ones sitting before the yaksha
When the sixth sense of the man at the end of the queue awakens
There will be victory cries of Om Hrim Bhrim
There on the Manikarnika Ghat.
When the sixth sense of the man at the end of the queue awakens
Those people,
The believers of caste,
who stand in the front and
talk so much,
will go and stand
last,
silently.
(From Anthology Dundubhi)

The Poet

Shyam Sadhu
Shyam Sadhu is a well-known Gujarati poet. He is considered one of the most important Gujarati Ghazal poets who experiments with new meters and uses conversational style.His poetry collections are 'Yayavari' (1973), 'Thodan Bijan Indradhanushya' (1987) and 'Atmakathanan Panan' (1992). He is recipient of Kavi Shekhadam Abuwala Award and Babasaheb Ambedkar Award.