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All English Sonnets


To all prevalent rumors give currency—
I do not sift them, Do I lack technique
Of dealing with this world’s praise, critique
Or love of tongues has given me this tendency?

I write in Dogri, urdu, English. Muse
Is served aright. But what about my home?
Where roof above me humble and then some
Fresh loaves of bread for certain- I can use ?

I write in Dogri, just to please my heart,
In urdu- just to fashion emulate,
In English, I just to serve the struggling art,
But- Hindi surely find effeminate.

I serve the Muse aright, play my part,
But still, perennial poverty—my fate.

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