Watch by Archana Verma Translated from Hindi by Aruna Sitesh and Arlene Zide



Where today there is ice

long ago

there was a river.


There is a blank face

A frozen river.

An eye:  a hole in the ice.

Just inside the opening

exists a world


Utter darkness 

hard,  terrifying,  dense

keeps watch

on what goes on there.


A watch

on what once flowed in the veins of ice

The river

got through it all

by freezing.

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Archana Verma

Aruna Sitesh

Arlene Zide


2005-2008 Per Contra: The International Journal of the Arts, Literature and Ideas