Only for a Day

by Gagan Gill

Only for a day
she will not think
about you

and fish will lose
their way in the water

the burning sun will hang
helpless in its orbit

the umbilical cord of time
will wind round its own neck

Only for a day
she, forgetful,
will place her lamp
between the sun and moon

and the seven sages
of the heavens will be anxious

letters will shatter
after breaking away from scripts

souls will forget their faces
and there will be no mirrors

Only for a day
you will vanish
in an ethereal mist,
a moment

and darkness will spread
to the ends of the universe
lava will gather
inside the earth

and cockles burn
in their shells
for miles

Only for a day's
this body will turn blue

with its own bite

The literal translation of this poem was made by Lucy Rosenstein

The final translated version of the poem is by Jane Duran


  1. September 1st, 2013 at 6:53 pm

    shijith says:

    great poem gagan!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  2. November 23rd, 2009 at 6:26 am

    scotty says:

    i really like this poem you are a very good poet.take good care and keep on writing.