Yere yere pausa

Come to me rain,
let the drops percolate,
collect in plastic tubs
drained through pipes
made of dreams and denim
Tula deto paisa
I’ll pay you
with upturned faces
and wet laundry
put out to dry
to taunt the
yellow mellow sun
Paisa zhala khota
The money was false
Fake coins jingling
against my pocket
that held lint
and a stray leaf
and two packets of Polo
Paoos aala motha
But still you came rain
breaking tiles and
glass ceilings
with your shards of glass
no, diamond,
reflecting and refracting
there are rainbows in your eyes
Ye guh ye guh sari
Shower of rain, come here
drip onto my nose
and fall into my car,
run across my palm
scurrying drip drops
Majhe madki bhari
Fill my pots with rain dear
Uproot saplings,
Tender, rootless
take them away from here
from me
take them to the forest
replant them
bury them beneath red earth
let them grow
in fields of sugarcane
leaving the water here, for me
Sar aali dhaoon
Your shower came running
sprinting across tar roads
dodging cyclists, bikers
and holes in this tar road
you ran up hills
slipping through plastic bags
and dark playful puppies
trying to stop you,
borrowing your time
but you ran to me
to my  house on the hill
and burst in through the metal grille
Madke gele vahoon
My pots were washed away
I believed in you rain
but you came, you saw,
you took what I loved
but I lied too
I promised payment,
misty fog
rivers made of paper boats
and I gave you nothing
I am sorry
*The poem is loosely translated from a Marathi nursery rhyme whose original lines are retained as first line of each stanza, followed by its translation and the rest contributed by the author.

Anjali Krishnakumar

Anjali Krishnakumar is a nineteen-year-old of Indian origin, although she was born in New York and lived there for a few years before moving back to live in India. She has been writing for a while, but mainly unpublished prose. Anjali is currently a second year at Ashoka University where she plays ultimate frisbee, questions mess food during two hour long lunches, and occasionally studies for a major in English & Journalism.