Embrace us,Diphu

Khanindra Kumar Deka

A strain of the Lun Barim calls from the hills

All the green of the world
Hides there it seems

We say – Diphu Diphu
Love us, embrace us

On your hills, in the crevices
Our dreams live for us

The many colours of our vibrant lives
Are alive within you

The turbulent waters of a hilly stream
Flow down into our valley

Our river Luit enfolds it in its bosom.

(Lun Barim: Karbi folksong; Luit: Brahmaputra)

translated from Assamese by Uddipana Goswami