Like a Desert Flower
Like a desert flower waiting for rain,
like a river-bank thirsting for the touch of pitchers,
like the dawn
longing for light;
and like a house,
like a house in ruins for want of a woman -
the exhausted ones of our times
need a moment to breathe,
need a moment to sleep,
in the arms of peace, in the arms of peace.
The literal translation of this poem was made by Dawood Azami
The final translated version of the poem is by The Poetry Translation Workshop
'Lalmi' is dry farming on desert areas where there is no proper irrigation system.
'Goodar' is a place on the bank of a stream or river at which water is drawn. Girls usually go there in the late afternoon to take fresh clean water in earthen ware jars.
'Mangai' is a large earthenware water pot.
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