How do we taste milk in this town
Where trees are planted of venom?
Enemies invite nothing but enmity
How can we share a drink of friendship?
How can I know this town as my own
Where workmen are slaughtered daily?
How do I burn to light the path
At this turn
Where hutments are set on fire?
They all partake of fruits of faithlessness
How am I to join such company?
Change your cradle if you would
How do I twist the shape of a newborn babe?
I see the clash of prisoners
Tainted in the schools of warfare
They die, how am I to survive here?
Translated by Charudatta Bhagwat