THE ASSEMBLY OF VOICES
Among the voices
hoarse and high pitched,
that have come out
breaking apart the gigantic cement walls,
I know my voice is also present.
The voice of the creek running down the hills
is mumbling away.
The voices of the mighty vehicles on the road
are elbowing each other.
The voice of the airplane high in the sky
is proud of its height.
The voice of the factory machine
is jabbering something loud.
Melody of the chirping birds,
the shrill voices of cicadas at night
are present like charming dames.
At the assembly,
present are also the subtle voices
arisen out of the tiny motion from the rest.
Bellyful content voices,
hungry, shrunken voices,
and timeless voices of art too
have taken their places.
At the assembly of voices,
some loud voices are surging like waves.
I know my voice is also among them.
But I am struggling desperately
which one is my voice?
Which one is my own voice?
Touch of a Fragrance
While crossing the road
a castle of fragrance runs into me.
of a flower
or a perfume
or an incense.
All conscious nuances
of consciousness are dulled
as if by hashish
And I slip into
This bit of time,
the sharp edge of the fragrance,
seems more meaningful
than the sand bed of entire century.
I was born in 1969 in Jhapa, a district in Eastern Nepal that borders with India. I was brought up there and did my schooling in an ordinary school. I lost my father when I was 4. Later I moved to Kathmandu, the capital city, for a course of studies in the college. In Kathmandu I became associated with various literary activities including; Editing of a literary bimonthly Chintan; followed by a literary English monthly Nepal Letters. I have been writing poetry for twenty years and have published; a volume of my poems called "Seemaateet Seemaanta" (A Frontier Beyond Frontiers). Currently I stay in Itahari, an emerging town in Eastern Nepal.
I earn my leaving by teaching and as editor for "Pen Himalaya". I devote my spare time to editing and poetry. I belong to the new generation of contemporary Nepali poets who are struggling to make their mark by trying to break away from the literary trends stablished by the generation of poets who came before the 90's.