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Yuyutsu R. D. Sharma is a distinguished poet and translator and a recipient of fellowships and grants from The Rockefeller Foundation, Ireland Literature Exchange, The Institute for the Translation of Hebrew Literature, and The Foundation for the Production and Translation of Dutch Literature. He has published seven poetry collections, including Annapurna Poems (Nirala, 2007), A Photographic and Poetic Journey to the Foot of Everest (Epsilonmedia, Germany, 2006) with German photographer Andreas Stimm, and recently a translation of Irish poet Cathal O'Searcaigh's verse in Nepali in a bilingual collection entitled Kathmandu: Poems: Selected and New (Nirala, 2006). He has translated and edited several anthologies of contemporary Nepali poetry in English and launched a literary movement, Kathya Kayakalpa (Content Metamorphosis), in Nepali poetry.
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- by Yuyutsu R. D. Sharma

From the porous ground
of a savage slope
ravaged by a landslide
they watch visitors
coming up the hill paths
like clouds rushing up
through green folds of mountains
to race over the hunger of their huddled huts.

From the rickety shacks
of their makeshift schools
they wait for a guardian angel,
an evangelical promise, an official from an NGO
or a promise of a new God, an ideologue
 or a Government official on a broomstick
to glide them through famished skies of their wailing valleys.

Like spiders moving up
to possess fragrant body of a white lotus
later in their sleep they will meet other visitors,
the gorillas of famed names and stunguns
pulling them from their black hair
to hurl these heroes into furious scripts
of epic battles in name of chartering
a course for a new nation already looking like
a delta of splattered blood vessels