Many have asked me,
‘Who is Nameri?’
Even you, Nameri.

In all the world,
there is only one Nameri.
Nameri, the place,
Nameri, the woman.
‘From God, who protects her,’
from me, who loves her.
Nameri, my sad happiness,
Nameri, my sweet sadness.

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Kynpham Sing Nongkynrih

Kynpham Sing Nongkynrih writes poetry, drama and fiction in Khasi and English. His latest works include Funeral Nights (Westland Amazon), The Yearning of Seeds (HarperCollins) and Time’s Barter: Haiku and Senryu (HarperCollins). He has published poems and stories in Planet: The Welsh Internationalist, Wasafiri, The New Welsh Review, PEN International, The Literary Review, Karavan, The Sentinel Literary Quarterly, Cordite Poetry Review, Poetry International Web, The Indian Quarterly, Down to Earth, The Hindu Business Line, Indian Literature, The Oxford Anthology of Writings from North-East India, Pilgrim’s India and Day’s End Stories. He teaches literature at North-Eastern Hill University, Shillong, Meghalaya, India.