Akhil Katyal


When Farida Khanum

sings now,

she does not hide the age
in her voice,

she wraps it in paisleys,
and for a moment
holds it in both of her hands,

she drowns it in our sky.

When she sings now,
she knows

that at the end of that note
when her voice breaks
like a wishbone,

he will stay.

Akhil Katyal is a writer and translator based in Delhi. His first book of poems 'Night Charge Extra' was shortlisted for the Muse India - Satish Verma Young Writers Award 2016. He translates widely between Hindi and English, including the works of Langston Hughes, Mangalesh Dabral, Dorothy Parker and Agha Shahid Ali.

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