Drunk I am today. A Poem by -Bhuwan Thapaliya


Drunk I am today,
O’ you little tender world.
With the book of life open before me,
thwarted, blank, I sit here before you all.
Immersed in myself, I am in the Tundikhel,
floating between medieval and modern times.
A peanut seller came with a basket of peanuts
and sat beside me. He gave me, a handful of peanuts
in a colorful piece of paper. I tossed the peanuts
into the air, and started reading the paper instead.
The peanut seller smiled and waved me goodbye,
saying, “You are drunk, very drunk today, my friend!
“In remote western Nepal,
people heard the Beatles
on battery-powered tape decks
before they saw electric lights,
and helicopters fluttered
into their lives
long before the first trucks got there,”
these sentences rose from their slumber
and stirred my heart.
“The first airplane landed in Nepal in 1949
but it was seven years later before
the first highway connected Kathmandu
to the outside world.
Within a year of that first landing,
the Rana autocracy was overthrown
with the aid of an airplane.”
These sentences came out
from the paper, and grappled my throat.
I stood up
but the gravity
of the revelation pulled me down.
I was now drunk, dead drunk
with a million pegs worth of thoughts.
I sat on the grass for a while,
thinking about old Nepal
and my grandfather’s life then.
Then I shifted my thoughts
over to the New Nepal
we claim to be building now.
Where are the roots of the new Nepal
we claim to be building?
Where are the roots?
With a million thoughts
in my head,
I headed to my home
dusting the bare bodies
of the erotic sculptures
on the multi-tiered pagodas
of hope.
Yes, drunk I am today.
Today I am drunk.
With the book of life open before me,
thwarted, blank, I sit here before you all.


Nepalese poet, Bhuwan Thapaliya works as an economist, and is the author of four poetry collections and currently he is working on his fresh poetry collection, The Marching Millions. Thapaliya’s books include, Safa Tempo: Poems New and Selected (Nirala Publication, New Delhi), Our Nepal, Our Pride , Verses from the Himalayas and Rhythm of the Heart. (Cyberwit.net)Poetry by Thapaliya has been included in The New Pleiades Anthology of Poetry, The Strand Book of International Poets 2010, and Tonight: An Anthology of World Love Poetry, as well as in literary journals such as Urhalpool, MahMag, Kritya, FOLLY, The Vallance Review, Nuvein Magazine, Foundling Review, Poetry Life and Times, Poets Against the War, Voices in Wartime, Taj Mahal Review, VOICES (Education Project), Longfellow Literary Project, Countercurrents etc.
Safa Tempo: Poems New and Selected
Our Nepal, Our Pride
Robin Ouzman Hislop is Editor of Poetry Life and Times at Artvilla.com ; his publications include
All the Babble of the Souk , Cartoon Molecules, Next Arrivals and Moon Selected Audio Textual Poems, collected poems, as well as translation of Guadalupe Grande´s La llave de niebla, as Key of Mist and the recently published Tesserae , a translation of Carmen Crespo´s Teselas.
You may visit Aquillrelle.com/Author Robin Ouzman Hislop about author. See Robin performing his work Performance (University of Leeds)