I Am an Early Ripening Jujube
- We had, when I was a boy, a jujube tree, some of whose fruit turned red especially early. "Those," said my grandmother, "are the worm-eaten ones." And indeed they soon withered.
Was glanced at
From far, far away
The laden jujube tree
Was all green
But for me the pure red fruit
Burrowed into my chest
And bite by bite
Gnaws at my heart
I shall soon die
Reddening from green in one night
Before I wither
My life hurriedly accomplished
Do not praise me-
I detest this traffic early ripening
I a drop of congealed blood
From a wound
In my mother the tree's green breast
I am an early ripening jujube
Very very red
But how I envy the green of youth
Translated by SIMON JOHNSTONE
salik shah, 22
- The Auteur Age is my new project about world cinema and literature. I am also a member of Passionforcinema’s Author Club.
- After doing a film appreciation course at FTII, Pune, I assisted director Ashish Shukla for a National Geographic documentary about the last year’s terror attack in Mumbai in 2009.
- I was working as a copyeditor for a well-known U.S. newspaper at Mindworks Global Media Services (Noida) in 2008-2009.
- I worked for Nepal’s largest media house, Kantipur Publications, for about a year in 2007-2008.
- I have been published in broadsheet dailies like The Kathmandu Post, Republica, The Statesman (India) and the Himal Southasian magazine.
- I started journalism as a contributor to Ohmynews International — a South Korean citizen journalism portal — while working for a Nepali cit-j project in 2006.