Poetry at Sangam



SHRAVASTI by Shrikant Verma

(Translated from the Hindi by Rahul Soni)

Those who’ve left Shravasti
come back—

Mendicants still pass by
Those who’ve left
fearing sorrow
will find sorrow

Those who come
find sorrow
Those who go
find sorrow

In Kosal there’s as much sorrow
as there is
in Shravasti

Those who’ve left Shravasti for Kosal
come back—
Shravasti wants to say this
but can’t