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from the July 2018 issue

While I Slept

Indian poet Navtej Bharati rejects aging in his defiant poem.
 

Time aged me
while I slept
I will not forgive it
for this treachery

I will not accept this old age
grafted slyly on my body
I will hide in the
leaves of grass
in the drops of water.
Will slip away
from its wrinkled hands.
 

Original text and translation © Navtej Bharati. By arrangement with the author. All rights reserved.

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