You and I
Set out on an expedition
Looking solely for a reason.
We broke down the density of forests
The barrenness of oceans
The multitude of deserts
And the emptiness of skies
There’s no corner we left untouched
Our waxing entrances
Are marked by waning exits
Our rushed moments
Are followed by hushed silences
Our cyclic whims
Are characterized by toothy smiles.
There are no reasons
But somehow that isn’t unreasonable.
Consciously or subconsciously
We try to reason with our reasons
But our expedition never seems to have
A reasonable reason.
(Author’s note: This is an attempted translation of Afsar’s Telugu poem ‘Inkoka Kaaranam’ from his collection ‘Intivaipu’. Without his permission oops.)