Him and Her

NaPoWriMo #16

स्त्री और पुरुष
अमिता प्रजापति

वह संस्कृति और परम्पराओं की
मोटी-मोटी क़िताबों से
प्रश्न पत्र की तरह निकलते हैं- अकड़ते
तटस्थ, अनिवार्य, सीमा बाँधते
अलग-अलग होते हुए भी एक समान
और तुम उत्तर-पुस्तिका-सी
एक ही प्रश्न को
अलग-अलग तरीकों से हल करतीं
पृष्ठ दर पृष्ठ खुलतीं
फिर भी अपर्याप्त
होतीं अधूरी-सी समाप्त


Him and Her
Amita Prajapati

From thick, dense textbooks on
culture and tradition,
he comes out like a question paper – Unyielding,
unaligned, inevitable, bound in borders,
different but still the same;
You, like an answer key,
open page by page,
solving the same question
in many many ways,
and yet you remain incomplete,
finished but unsatisfied.

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