"Laxmi Prasad Devkota was a Nepali poet, playwright, and novelist. Honoured with the title of Maha Kavi in Nepali literature, and known as the poet with the golden heart, he is by and large regarded as the greatest poet of Nepal." ~~Wikipedia

Reading Devkota in a Cowshed


Words collide and echo

In the backyard of my mind.


I know what this means—

The forgotten language fights for itself.


Words kick at each other’s faces,

Bite their noses off,

Chew on their ears,

Try to rip off their hearts.


Watching the battle of forgotten words,

I can’t remember the reason

Why I forsook the language

I loved the most.




I look around and see the stomping hooves,

Mosquitoes buzzing, hungry as ever.


Flies swarm in and out, unhurried.

Cows ruminate.


I notice the place where I once belonged,

Now distant, now out of touch.


In the nearby hills, the pine, the bamboos

Bend and wake in a law of waves.


Fists of rain come crashing down,

Acting as ointment for bruised soul.


My heart beats, the pace quickens,

Only the words stop colliding.


They stand frozen

Like defeated soldiers in a battlefield.


Cows moo, wind rustles,

The damp air quivers.


In anguish, I close my eyes.

I breathe the air—

Taste it,

Swallow it.


Ah, how well it feeds my brain!




This air, pungent as it seems, is the only thing

I have not forgotten over the years.

Bibek Adhikari 

Poetry by Bibek
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Written on 2018-11-07 at 07:19

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Lawrence Beck The PoetBay support member heart!
Nicely done, Bibek. I noticed the same thing last time I went back to where I grew up: the smells. Odor is such a basic, moving sensation.

jim The PoetBay support member heart!
A poet's poem. Well done.

StillHoppin The PoetBay support member heart!
Richly deserved applause.

I love how the words fight (and fight dirty, too, lol).

My mind has a backyard as well, and there have been a fair few fights there too.

It would seem all the right words won, Bibek. Well done.