All those sins
I am trying to forget,
piled on my back
growing as mountain
Now I am
slow, slow and slow
Time is changing
I look at the mirror
The Calendar is
only an echo of figures
Embracing the umbilical cord
I want to sleep
in the womb
should I pass again through
pangs of pains?
Every one in search of
all the rats
this is the year of the rat
I offer my karma
now they tell me
all about my
eating, drinking and sleeping
where is my upper part
above the neck?
marmalade in golden jar
time is making it thick
rolls on my tongue
I savour it
as your memory.
if this door disappears
we will be in front of
each other again
is this a TIME?
the whip is sharp
the marks are painful
he came to me
with a soft touch
is this Time?
Rati Saxena - is an eminent Hindi poet, translator
and Sanskrit scholar. She has authored three collections
of poems in Hindi (Maya mahathagini, ajanmi kavita
ki kokh se, sapane dekhata samudra) and one each
in English and Malayalam (in translation). Besides,
she has written several research articles on Vedic
literature and Indology and published critical studies.
Her poems are translated in different languages
like Malayalam, Punjabi, KonkaNi and Tamil etc.
Rati Saxena’ poetry represented in various
journals of other part of world like –Verasal
( Amsterdam, Netherlands and printed in Prague),
Edgar literary Magazine (Texas) and gumball poetry
etc. Thus establishing a sound reputation as an
academic critic. Rati Saxena has translated 9 books
from Malayalam to Hindi. Translations of some of
the most well known Malayalam poems and novels have
earned her nation-wide respect and recognition.
She has written a book on famous poet of Malayalam
-Balamaniyamma. Among the several awards she has
received, the most coveted is the Kendra Sahitya
Akademi Award for Translation in 2000. She is also
a recipient of the prestigious Indira Gandhi National
Culture and Arts Fellowship, which helped her complete
this path-breaking work “A seed of mind-a
fresh approach to Atharvavedic study".