Wednesday, September 06, 2017

More Reverse TASWOSAW

This time, from the poetry editor at the ever excellent 3quarksdaily, Jim Culleny.


Religious scripts:
Vedas, Gospels, Surahs,
Qurans, Hadiths, Bibles, Torahs
are tools like any others
which may be used to trip or lift

Not divine in this, but practical as axes,
shovels, guns and drones or verbal tricks
and as earthy as earth's flora and its fauna

Jim Culleny

NF's Hindi translation:

माटी के लाल

धार्मिक लेख:
वेद, गॉस्पेल, सुरा,
क़ुरान, हदीथ, बाइबल, तोराह 
हैं औज़ार औरों जैसे 
जो हो सकते हैं इस्तेमाल गिराने या उठाने के लिए 

दैव नहीं ये, पर व्यावहारिक जैसे कुल्हाड़ी,
खुरपी, बन्दूक और ड्रोन या मौखिक चालें 
और ऐसे माटी के लाल जैसे धरती के पौधे व उसके जंतु 


Arvind Krishna said...

Reverse TASWOSAW is really hard, especially for me. You made interesting choices in the translations.

Nanga Fakir said...

I pick the easy ones to reverse but they're hard enough to begin with :(