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Ix. Part 6 - Poem by Jimmy Santiago Baca

We bought a small house
along the river, in Southside barrio.
A shack I pried boards from the front door to get in-
half-acre of land in the back
heaped with decades of scrap-rusted wire fencing, creosote
railroad ties, tumbleweeds, a mountain of decaying
harvest never picked, weaving itself
slowly into the dirt again.

I gutted the plaster frame house,
nailed, puttied, roofed, plumbed,
poured cement, sheet-rocked, tiled, carpeted,
tore-out, re-set,
piled, burned, cleaned, cemented, installed,
washed and painted,
trimmed, pruned, shoveled, raked,
sawed, hammered, measured, stuccoed,
until,
calloused handed, muscle-firmed, sleek hard bodied,
our small house rose
from a charred, faded gravemarker,
a weather-rotted roost
for junkies and vagrants,

wind, rain, and sun splintered
jagged stories of storms on,
I corrected,
re-wrote upon
this plaster wood tablet,
our own version of love, family and power.
Jimmy Santiago Baca

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Suna hai log usay aankh bhar ke dekhte hain
So us ke shahar main kuchh din thehr ke dekhte hain
Su

Nahi Shikwa Mujhe Kuch Be-wafai Ka Teri Hargiz

Gila Tab Ho Agar Tu Ne Kisi Se Bhi Nibhi Ho

Jab Bhi Kashti Meri Sailaab Me Aa Jati Hai

Maa Dua Karti Hui Khawab Me Aa Jati Hai...

When forty winters shall besiege thy brow,
And dig deep trenches in thy beauty's field,
Thy yout

Unthrifty loveliness, why dost thou spend
Upon thy self thy beauty's legacy?
Nature's bequest give

Haqiqat samjho ya afsana,
Apna samjho ya baigana,

Hamara aapka rishta he purana,
Is liye farz t

Mar Chuka Hai Dil Magar Zinda Hun Main
Zehar Jaisi Kuch Dawayein Chaiye’en
Poochti Hain Aap, Aap

Ab is se badh kar bhalaa kya ho viraasat faqeer ki?
Bachchon ko apni bheekh ke pyaale toh de gaya

You say I O.K.ed
LONG DISTANCE?
O.K.ed it when?
My goodness, Central
That was then!

I'm mad a

lufzooN mein fusaanay dhoondtay hein hum log
lumhooN mein zamaanay dhoondtay hein hum log

tau ze

Theher Jaye, Magar Raat Katay
Koi Soorat Ho Ke Barsaat Katay

Khushbuuain Mujhko Qalam Karti Gayi

I
To sing jubilas at exact, accustomed times,
To be crested and wear the mane of a multitude
An

Rut jAb maazi ki suhani yad aati hai.
Hamen do premiyon ki kahani yad aati hai.

Majnon sa ik l

Pyar bhi karna, zamaney se bhi ghabrana bohat,
Aayino’n ka ghar banana aur pathar sochna…

Ishq Fakeer-e-Haram, Ishq Ameer-e-Junood,

Ishq hai Ibn-e-Sabeel, Is ke Hazaroon Muqaam...

This is the one song everyone
would like to learn: the song
that is irresistible:

the song that

Mine eye hath played the painter and hath stelled,
Thy beauty's form in table of my heart,
My body

On landing, the first voice one hears is from
An English police-constable; a man
Respectful, con

I am not yours, not lost in you,
Not lost, although I long to be
Lost as a candle lit at noon,
Lo

Kisi Ne Na Suni Ek Dewany Ki Sada
Sada-E-Loo Me Thi Ek Parwany Ki Baqa
Baqa-E-Yaar Ki Khatir Sada

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