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Translations by Zunaid Kazi

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Unrequited Love

Each urequited love fills me with new pride
I stand taller as a man
Pain permeates every cell of my body
Away from humanity
I walk in slow steps
An unknown road

I cannot stand the sight of a succesful man
I buy morsels for a street mongrel
Cigarettes for a rickshaw puller
A blind man’s cane
Falls at my feet
I am imbued with infinite generousity
I feel closer to the world
For having been turned away

I leave my home
In freshly laundered garb
My clean shaven face
I myself caress
In secret

I am a clean man
My body is free of
Even an iota of dirt

The inspiration of envy shines as an halo
Around my head
I see it
Even if no one else does

Dejection brings a subtle smile to my lips
I step carefully
So as not to strike the ground
I am not