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Issue 30, July 31, 2017
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Rivers Are Not Like Human Beings



Rivers
don't do politics
like humans,
They don't know 

how to play diplomacy.

Rivers
by breaking up the walls of lifeless conscience
and raising up their ugly hands

do not throw mud 
at each other,
do not twist themselves away
from taking water
from each other.

Rivers 
don't divide colors,
Rivers
don't divide races;
in the constitution of rivers,
even a small spring
small river
has equal rights
to become an ocean.
Without any restriction,
rivers can climb up hills

they can erode them to nothing.

Rivers know
how to shrink, how to swell

if they want to;
but rivers don't 

bow down like human beings
or suffer like human beings.

Yes, poor and dwarf rivers
are discriminated by Creation,
but rivers don't evade them
for fear of egos;
like humans, 
rivers don't take a different path
fearing
that their colors don't match.
The black water of a river 
might come to a white water at a confluence.
White water of some other river
might return to black water in its journey.
Rivers
aren't Blacks by birth.
Rivers
aren't White by birth.
Rivers
aren't Aryans or Mongolians.
Rivers are not Hindus or Muslims,
or Buddhists or Christians. 

Rivers 
are...rivers.
So not like human beings.


             -Bhupeen Khadka 

               Translator Haris Adhiikari




**Border disagreements between India and Nepal are a concern.