When power leads man toward arrogance, poetry reminds him of his limitations. When power narrows the area of man’s concern, poetry reminds him of the richness and diversity of existence. When power corrupts, poetry cleanses.” — John F. Kennedy

Boris Schleinkofer, poetrywatch editor



by Chuck Luckmann

You go where the river takes you
Like Huck Finn on a homemade raft
Spring-fed streams of youth
Creeks with snakes
Long portages in middle age
Bear skulls hung in trees
Wild goose cooked on campfire beneath the borealis
Souse holes real and imagined
Mostly run crooked, some straight
Mountains to sea
Again and again

Chuck Luckmann purchased his first canoe when he was eleven years old. He has been paddling rivers ever since. He finds flowing water an apt metaphor for life’s circular journey.



Original:Assamese:Guna Moran

Bless me to turn into dust
Would stay stuck to both your feet every day

Bless me to be your teardrops
Would glitter in your eyes in times of joy and sorrow

Bless me to become air
Would turn lively in your inhalation-exhalation

Bless me to turn into a tree
Would protect you from sun and rain

Bless me to remain a baby throughout my life
Would always remain an adored sweetheart in your lap

Bless me to remain full of laughter always
You’d also smile seeing me laugh

Bless me to be a yellow metal
Would shine as a star on both your ears

Bless me to be your best attendant
Would attend to you every moment

Bless me to become a magician
Would bring you back to life even after death

Bless me for rebirth
Would take birth as your child
Again and again

Guna Moran is an Assamese poet and critic. His poems are published in various international magazines, journals, webzines and anthologies. He lives in Assam, India.

Translation : Bibekananda Choudhury


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