Mani Lohani

Shaking Palms

This evening
and the birds returning to their nests.

The burning moon
and like our youth
flowing waters of the brook.

I attempt to grasp
the moon wavering in the brook

like I hold your face,
cupped in my shaking palms

And every time I lose. 

Translated from the Nepali by Yuyutsu Sharma

Mani Lohni

Mani Lohni is a young Nepali poet and has published several books, including Malami Sanjhharu, a book of poems. He works for a leading television, 24 Hours News Channel and runs a weekly program focused on Nepali literature