My Story

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My story
is the story
of a hoe wearing thin
of a factory becoming a ruin
of a road falling out of repair

my story
is the story
of stone
turning into sand
of a tree
turning into wood
of coal
turning into fire

my story
is the story
of becoming extinct



मेरी कथा

मेरी कथा
फावड़ा घिस जाने की
कारखाना उजड़ जाने की
सड़क टूट जाने की कथा है

मेरी कथा
पत्थर के रेत हो जाने की
पेड़ के
लकड़ी हो जाने की
कोयले के
आग हो जाने की कथा है

मेरी कथा
जाने हो जाने की कथा है


Leeladhar Jagoori is a poet, teacher and journalist and the author of fifteen books of poems in Hindi. His poems have been widely translated, including in Russian, English, German, Japanese and Polish, and he has received several awards, including the Sahitya Akademi Award and the Padma Shri.

Sarabjeet Garcha is a widely published poet and translator. He is the author of four books of poems, including A Clock in the Far Past, and the editorial director of Copper Coin, a multilingual publishing company.