“Butterflies” A poem by S Joseph

Striped Tigers in Kurinji Kavu, Palai
Butterflies are artists who fly around
With paintings in both the hands
They exhibited paintings to the people
When there was no such practice
Later cave paintings, murals and canvases emerged
The fleeting butterflies still fly around with paintings
As larva they had no paintings at hand
They are both worms and painted wings
They combine ugliness with beauty and make the ugly beautiful
Human childhood walks after the flying butterflies
Holding a painting in each hand
Humans shed their wings when they grow
And then they crawl as worms for the rest of the life.

Translated from Malayalam by Ajay Sekher

S Joseph is a leading poet in Malayalam. He teaches at Maharaja’s College, Ernakulam. Mobile: 9745159490

Great Eggfly, Payyambalam, Kannur

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