Another Word for It

by Mohan Rana

Different blues
in sky and waves.
The cloud hums a dream
of eyes open.
So what will this day be like,
this garment of moments?
The ball of thread
that knits time
taps the sleepy stones.

There may be a better way
to say this
some other day.


From ‘Patthar Ho Jaayegii Nadii, Stone-River


The literal translation of this poem was made by Lucy Rosenstein

The final translated version of the poem is by Bernard O'Donoghue


  1. March 4th, 2014 at 6:41 pm

    Mike Oxlong says:

    This poem is great. To me, it's about a girl running from her responsibility to someone she loves. She's in a coma, and she cant wake up until she finds the right words to tell that person, and resolve the conflict. . . Simple, yet beautiful.

  2. October 21st, 2010 at 5:33 pm

    Latika Singh says:

    this is simply beautiful. it really speaks to me and i can really relate to its words. one day....i will come back and read this poem again and it will remind me of my semi-wonderful high school days....which unfortunately are occurring this very moment as i am typing this comment. please add more of mohan rana poetry. sometimes you should have it in hindi as in my native tongue