September 2017        

Bratacha éagsúla

Gabriel Rosenstock introduces and translates another poem from the Indian subcontinent

Attoor Ravivarma (or Attur Ravi Varma) writes in Malayalam, the language of Kerala, spoken by about 20 million people. Among Indian states, Kerala had the first democratically elected communist government, and over the years Keralans vote either the Congress Party or the Communist Party into office. Ravivarma’s poem was translated from Malayalam into English by K. Satchidanandan, poet, critic and activist of world renown.

                                                Ginealach

                                                Thaitin an Union Jack
                                                go mór le daideo
                                                na stríoca is na cearnóga:
                                                oifigeach sráidbhaile ab ea é.
                                                D’ardaigh daid an trídhathach.
                                                Trodaí ar son na saoirse ab ea é.
                                                Ardaímse bratach dhearg san aer.
                                                I lámha mo gharmhic
                                                tá bratach Yaincí
                                                lena leathchéad réalta

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