Lots of contemporaries—
but 'me' is not my contemporary.
My birth without 'me'
was a blemished offering on the collection plate.
A moment of flesh, imprisoned in flesh.
And when to the tip of this tongue of flesh
some word comes, it kills itself.
If saved from killing itself,
it descends to the paper, where a murder happens.
if it strikes me in Hanoi
it strikes again in Prague.
A little smoke floats up,
and my 'me' dies like an eighth-month child.
Will my 'me' one day be my contemporary?
Amrita Pritam born as Amrita Kaur was a Punjabi writer and poet, considered the first prominent woman Punjabi poet, novelist, and essayist, and the leading 20th-century poet of the Punjabi language, who is equally loved on both the sides of the India-Pakistan border, with a career spanning over six decades, she produced over 100 books, of poetry, fiction, biographies, essays, a collection of Punjabi folk songs and an autobiography that were translated into several Indian and foreign languages. She is most remembered for her poignant poem, Aj Aakhaan Waris Shah Nu (Today I invoke Waris Shah – "Ode to Waris... Read more...
Giorgos or George Seferis was the pen name of Geōrgios Seferiádēs. He was one of the most important Greek poets of the 20th century, and a Nobel laureate. He was also a career diplomat in the Greek Foreign Service, culminating in his appointment as Ambassador to the UK, a post...
Beijar-te a fronte linda
Beijar-te o aspecto altivo
Beijar-te a tez morena
Beijar-te o rir lascivo
Beijar o ar que aspiras
Beijar o pó que pisas
Beijar a voz que soltas
Beijar a luz que visas
Sentir teus modos frios,
Sentir tua apatia,
Sentir até répúdio,
Sentir essa ironia,