Deepa Mewahang Rai

Translated from Nepali by Hem Bishwakarma 



Father’s Legs strode

so strong on earth

and became they–the pillars


Mother spread her lap

and became the even floor


for the last chance

they both caught their hands

so tight–

that sufficed the roof.



My life stands

on the theatre

hiding tears deep into eyes


spreading dramatic chortle

rally in the overwhelm

hiding the pain in the heart


it is so because

I ought to sustain

on the theatre

until the curtain drops!


Poet Deepa Mewahang Rai is an emerging and powerful poet. She recently launched her anthology of poems, Yaadko Sanduk which roughly translates as Box of Memories.