Devi Nangrani, USA

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Devi Nangrani

On her death bed
She was still in her senses
To know, to understand
The play that was played
Awaiting her death.
But, before that 
She was to sign the will
Spread in front of her
With her own sweet will.

The will in front of her                                                                          
Had choices of everyone and their wishes                                                                              
To possess what she was to leave behind for them                           
Just forgetting what she needed, and                                                                           
Ignoring what she wished for.
It was necessary to sign the blank papers
Below the name typed in black-and-white
Before it was late, she wrote a few words and signed  
“Today you are the rulers                                                                               
Tomorrow you will be governed                                                                           
At this very place, a new history will be written
Tomorrow your successors will sign themselves,
Without acknowledging your wants and wishes
Where I am signing today.”

Devi Nangrani, born in Karachi (India then), is an author of many Sindhi, Hindi & English books. A retired teacher, she writes story, poetry, articles, reviews, lyrics on all types of issues, problems and challenges. A well-travelled scholar of global literary society, she regularly participates in various conferences, seminars and workshops at national and international level. She has been honored and awarded in New York, New Jersey, Oslo, Chennai, Raipur, Jodhpur, Delhi, Lucknow, Dharwaad-Karnataka, Kolkota, Goa, Kerala, NCPSL and the Sahitya Akademy. Her unique work of story translation from Sindhi To Hindi can be heard on Youtube.

Best of Women Poetry -2020 :: Setu, March 2020

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