Triveni Journal

1927 | 11,233,916 words

Triveni is a journal dedicated to ancient Indian culture, history, philosophy, art, spirituality, music and all sorts of literature. Triveni was founded at Madras in 1927 and since that time various authors have donated their creativity in the form of articles, covering many aspects of public life....

The Loo

Chandra Singh (Translated from Rajasthani by I. K. Sharma)

THE LOO*

CHANDRA SINGH
(Translated from the Rajasthani by I. K. SHARMA)

Below
the earth burns red-hot
like an iron plate,
above
the deep blue burns red-hot,
all around it is the same:
life is trapped in a pit of fire.

The buds opened
and advanced tomeet
the on-coming rays,
but soon retreated, hurt,
seeing the onrush of delirious loo.

O Terrible Loo!
You have sapped
all enchanting smell of Spring,
the buds lost themselves before their bloom,
the petals fell off wizened one by one
wasting trees.

The sun with his mighty looks
has ravaged the darling earth,
seeing her agony, the cold heart
of the Himalayas was in tears
and ran in waves.

The lovers at their rendezvous
rush to hug each other,
the sizzling loo rolls between the longing hearts
they come closer but stand apart!



* Hot winds that blow in summer in Rajasthan.

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