It spread all over the floor
Just as man
remains a man no longer after death,
a mirror after breaking
remains a mirror no more.
After the mirror broke
looking for her lost face
remained lost in herself.
Turning to her looking-glass
she would put on
the auspicious sindoor1 and tika2,
the beaded necklace and the bangles,
her blushing countenance.
Looking at the mirror would she reminisce
her youthful times
coursing surreptitiously like the river Seti,
In her mirror was hidden
her beloved world.
With the mirror were lost for ever
after the breaking of her mirror
that she looked at of mornings and evenings
mother has become for us a mirror
to look at grief.
1] vermilion powder worn in the frontal parting of the hair by married Hindu women
2] a decorative marking on the forehead
Translated from Nepali by Roshan Koirala