In the Hour of Fire

By Nirmal Prabha Bordoloi

Mother said
“Don’t play with fire”

But if fire plays with me
What would I do, mother!

[Translated by Bibekananda Choudhury]

Click here to read the original Assamese poem.

Dr. Nirmal Prabha Bordoloi was a renowned Assamese poet, lyricist and folklorist.

Bibekananda Choudhury is an Assamese writer and translator. He can be reached at

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