Identification of Corpses

by Hemanga Kumar Dutta

Have a good look at the corpses

Identify the near and dear ones of yore
No no
      Not at all for retrieval
Identify them today to lose them in a better way

While the bomb was planted
Though none of the living ones were familiar
Now before taking them home
Identify the corpses

Translated by Krishna Dulal Barua

Hemanga Kumar Dutta is an Assamese poet. He has one collection of poems to his credit.

Krishna Dulal Barua is a prominent translator and writer based in Nagaon, Assam. He received the Katha Award for translation in 2005.

Click here to read the original Assamese poem.

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