Luna Ranjit

मेरो जिब्रो एउटा उपनिवेश
जहाँ
मलाई पूर्वजहरुसँग जोड्ने
मेरो मुटुको भाषालाई
विस्थापित गरेर
आधिपत्य जमायो
बाँच्नको लागि चाहिने भाषाले
हाम्रा कथाहरु दबाउँदै
हाम्रा स्मृतिका पानाहरु मेटाउँदै

आगन्तुक शब्दका आवाजले
जरा गाडे मेरो बाल मस्तिस्कमा
अनि, लज्जित बनायो
आदेश अनुसार बटारिन नमान्ने जिब्रोले
गलत, अप्रासंगिक शब्द फुत्किने डरले
मुटुमा रातदिन राज गर्‍यो…

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photo by author

Every year,
monsoon winds arrive, soaking
the dusty, parched valley floor
faraway, hills tumble down to meet the river
outside, the galli becomes a rivulet
inside, the family of three start
their annual rain dance of
carefully choreographed steps
with pots and pans and old paint cans
placing them here, there, everywhere
moving them, again and again
to catch the heavenfall
in…

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Photo by Agê Barros on Unsplash

Rush back from school in the afternoon.
Throw bookbag to a corner. Eat a snack.

Sit cross legged on the floor across from Mother.
Fold old magazines into rectangles, big and small.

Brush over homemade rice glue on the sides. Fold.
Voila! Paper bags to hold sugar, beans, eggs, more.

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Looking towards south-west of Kathmandu valley

Looking down from the perch in Swayambhu
where tourists jostle with the locals for the view,
you see a multi-headed hydra
sprinting towards layers of
emerald hills guarding Kathmandu valley and the jagged
diamond peaks beyond, gobbling up
gold green fields along the way, guzzling
aquamarine ponds and lakes, spitting out
silver slivers of asphalt that crisscross
rivers’…

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Photo by Giulia Bertelli on Unsplash

“Modernize!” They told us when we were young
Don’t wallow in old wives’ tales, antiquated norms
Don’t use what you have in gardens, in your own homes
“Buy. Buy. Buy.” They said and we all went along

After we lost our elders’ knowledge, our grandparents’ way
They are teaching us the…

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Luna Ranjit

Luna Ranjit

organizer at heart. strategy consultant by trade. mostly prose with occasional forays into poetry. https://tinyletter.com/LunaRanjit