BUNKYACHA (Scarecrow)

Out of my Grandfather's Lahuray hat, 

Father's Army overcoat, 

A clay pot in which mother roasted corn, 

And my own tattered trousers.

I constructed fright for the birds,

Among the paddy seedlings,

Now the wind has blown life in it,

The scare crow dares turn to frighten me instead...

                                                                              - Translated by D.T. Lepcha  


 Samsher Ali is a social activist and a writer from Kalimpong.