At The Great Wall*
Beneath a wind-blown sky
white spring flowers flutter
like prayer flags against the stone
wall which serpentines up and down
the hills, its dark density
serrations thrusting from the dragon’s
spine --which sleeps beneath the earth
wallowing in its waste: molten
lament and power. It sighs
as late light’s honey licks
the wall’s charcoal pores and sucks
darkness up its throat.
*From the sequence of poems titled China Suite
Priya Sarukkai Chabria is a poet, novelist, essayist and translator with five published books. Awarded by the Indian Government for her Outstanding Contribution to Literature her works’ translated into six languages & is published or forthcoming in Adelphiana, Soundings , South Asian Review, Caravan ,Post Road, The British Journal of Literary Translation , Drunken Boat, Pratilipi, Language for a New Century, The Literary Review, IQ, Another English: Anglophone Poems from Around the World among others. Forthcoming in 2015 are translations of Tamil mystic poet Aandaal (Zubaan) with poet Ravi Shankar, and a short story collection(Niyogi Book). She edits Poetry at Sangam.