Poems of Aduri Satyavathi Devi


When I am Half-asleep

Telugu Original: Aduri Satyavathi Devi

English Translation: RS Sudarshanam

Like an iron in the furnace

Thought keeps burning.

Things around working like bellows

Keep the scene aflame.

Clouded realities

In an expectant mood of faith

Await the burning sun.

Failing to release the truth,

Word gets stuck at the pen’s writing point.

And impotence of experience

Roars alone like

A raging lion freshly caged.

The activity of common people runs amok

Through cobwebs of outdated custom and snobbery

Reverting back into caves of age-old beliefs.

Cleverness like a fly on an itching wound

Exploits mercilessly.

Porno and violence like coloured bats

Beat the drums of death and parade

While woman has to cover her eyes like Gandhari.

This scene is like a missile misdirected

Swirls around and overwhelms me.

Thought keeps burning

Like the iron in the furnace.


Telugu Original : ‘Sagam Nidralo Nenunnappudu’

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