Who Am I ?

English Translation: Madhuri Palaji

Telugu Original : Dr K.Geeta

Present broke into pieces like the state

Like the sky filled with clouds somewhere

Lonely fear that doesn’t know the way

And doesn’t know where to go

Holding the heart tightly

And making a decision dumbly

The country’s division in forty seven

Sad remembrances

Blood stains

Of destroyed lives on either side

Are they going to sprout here, too?

The secret prayers of lips

Where is my future?

What moment is fearless?

Twenty years of birth place on one side

Twenty years of life’s birth place on the other

Which one is mine?

Which side is mine?

My life

Hanging with last breath

On the edge of a knife

Or on the edge of a well

Or on the barrel of a gun

Every day now

Is the remnant of seconds

Burning arrow that pierces

My life under the anguishing flamy cells

The first part that’s destroyed this side

My language belongs to one part

My heart belongs to another

At the end of my childhood

At the end of my life


My future

After forties

Hangs as last breath

My side’s historical state

Is a life time’s emptiness

My existence doesn’t belong to the state I’m in

Nothing remained in the state I was born in

Like the cloudy sky floating

Like the aimless vast space all around 

Layers of sorrow

Climbing flames of poisonous presence

Flowing fluidic life

On the slippery stone

That won’t let anyone stand

Belonging nowhere

With no identity

On today’s date

Where should I go?

Where should I go?

Where is my native place?

Who am I?

Who am I?


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