As you entered the room
stirring air with suppleness of walk
waking up the stillness with jingles of cymbals
making curtains dance to the sound of bangles
aroma wafted into air from canvas and copybooks
my paintbrush grew restless
and pen became enraptured
my eyes, hands and other parts
My heart spread rainbow in the room
like colours of youth and
lilts of life’s melodies.
You who are sitting before me
have the power to
change my consciousness
into painting, poem, melody
or anything else!
I know you’ll speak no truth at this time.
I’ve to be guided
solely by your silence, your eyes and
the inaudible appeals of your heart.
I’ve to settle before I lose the presence of mind-
whether I should use brush or pen
or my eyes, hands or something else
and create a unique
all in you.
Suman Pokhrel is a Nepali poet, lyricist, playwright, and translator. He writes mainly in the Nepali language, but also writes in English, Hindi, and some other South Asian languages. His works have been translated into several languages across countries and have appeared in notable journals worldwide. His poetry is taught as part of the literary curriculum at two universities in Nepal and three universities in India. Some appreciators of his poetry have had verses tattooed on their body parts. Netizens frequently quote verses from his poetry and share them on social media platforms like Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook. He has been awarded notable accolades, including the SAARC Literary Award in 2013 and 2015, among several others.