“Spread out for Drying” A Poem by V R Santhosh


A loincloth is spread out in the front yard for drying

Men have gone out, women have gone too

A loincloth is out there in the open


The breeze-tip is on and the crow is waiting

The ripened and poked mango is on the ground


In the kitchen the cooker is whistling shrill

Something falling down in the room


Outside cars and trucks are pacing ahead

And people chase the galloping world


The loincloth is outside in the open and not yet dried

Clouds are coming with dark glasses on


The house seems to be locked

Old rain is here to stutter and stammer


The loincloth is getting wet so is the mango

Even the speed is getting wet


But still the woman’s rain is erring in the file

Is she walking or running with that loincloth?


Translated from Malayalam  by Ajay Sekher


V R Santhosh is a leading young poet in Malayalam.  He has published several volumes of poetry and translation. His mobile: +91 9846979162