Fighting a Battle Relentlessly I am fighting a battle relentlessly Day and night I win over myself And lose to myself as well To come out of myself I think of you I know not how you merge in me You become my life Many things personal Become social We share laughters shouts and sorrows Also our mistakes and smiles We feel relieved We come out of the battle With torn bodies and broken minds Time mends what we give and share And yet I have exclusively become myself I fight the battle with me And also live my life I am with many a man At their weal and woe.
Bits of News You are asleep I am sleepless I have the madness of Jumping across the seas And walking upto the end of the earth. You are asleep There was a path across my breast I watched the walkers coming and going. You are asleep The memories of my childhood and youth Are a pleasantly sad flux and change. The night bus speeds along the highway dispelling darkness A mathematical society Ethics one day and politics the next. I am alive digging into the night The days are fast asleep.
Translated by Ananda Bormudoi
Manashi Gogoi is an Assamese poet based in Moran, Dibrugarh. She has two collections of poems to her credit.