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  • A Standard Shirt

    Between midday and nightfall
    there comes a time
    when the day's noise and actions
    are already done with,

    just as now,
    all desires…

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    साधारण कमीज़

    दोपहर और शाम के बीच
    आता है एक अंतराल
    जब थक चुकी होती हैं
    आवाजें क्रियाएँ

    जैसे अब
    समाप्त हो गई सभी इच्छाएँ,
    बैठ जाता हूँ किसी भी
    खाली कुर्सी पर

    पीली कमीज़ पहने
    एक लड़का अभी गुजरा
    मुझे याद आई
    अपनी कमीज़
    उन साधारण से दिनों में

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    Portrait of Mohan Rana

    A Standard Shirt

    Written by

    Mohan Rana

    Translated by

    Bernard O’Donoghue

    Bridge translation by

    Lucy Rosenstein