Chembarathiyila enna thechu kulichu,
thumpapoo chorum undu
mavinchottil, ammayariyathedutha mudanja-
olakal kondundakkiya kottarathil
aa odinja kaserayaya simhasanathil
irrunna chithrashalabhamam kuttikkalavum,
venalmazha pole vannupoya nombarangalum;
njanayi mariyathano nirangalum, vakkukalum
(An attempt to translate)
An elfin muse.
The shower, with a little shoe-flower-leaves' oil,
a lunch with those thumpapoo flowers,
and when mom didn't see, stealthily,
the castle that we made with braided
coconut leaves, under the mango tree,
and the throne of that broken chair;
is it the butterfly like childhood
and the occasional summer-rain like sorrows,
that is, eventually the ‘me’ and the colors,
the words that befriended me?
This was something written for the foreign tongue prompt from dVerse. I was late. The first one is in MY OWN MALAYALAM, and my first attempt too. Hope the translation may do justice. Linking it with open link night.
Thumpapoo - Leuca indica flowers.