Vishwanath Prasad Tiwari







Poems originally in Hindi

Translated by Kalpna Singh-Chitnis into English






A pinchful of earth

a beakful of water

a pipeful of fire

a lungful of air


this is a capital

to eat

and to take it to

a foreign land.






One day he saw a dream,

he was traveling around the world

without any visa or passport

without any border or check-post.


Crossing the oceans, mountains, rivers and forests,

he saw amazing forms of skies,

clouds and colors,


and the earth like forever green beauty before his eyes

had the animals, birds, men, women and children

wandering fearlessly on it.


What a wonder were those towns and villages

without any king and commander

without any prison and gun

everywhere, happy faces,

shooting sprouts,

flight of the butterflies,

he was surprised.


But even in his dreams he knew

that he was dreaming,


he wakes up trembling

with a sound of an explosion

and sight of a lightning sword of a dictator,


yet, once again,

trying to return to his dream.





Don’t wake him up,

he is dreaming


children are returning into his dreams

birds are singing,

rainbow is rotating its colors

and the Flamboyant is drifting its flowers.


Don’t wake him up,

his dreams are restricted


in one doze, he will siphon the cosmos

and one gentle step

will crush his palace made of glass.


He is sleeping like an angel

don’t wake him up


he will bounce back

and will stand straight up like a tree,

alert and ready,

to shoot anyone.













Renowned Hindi poet, writer, and critic Vishwanath Prasad Tiwari was born in Devaria district of Uttar Pradesh, India, on June 20th. He is the president of Kendra Sahitya Academy, one of the highest literary institutions of India. Vishwanath Prasad Tiwari is also the editor of “Dastavez” and has been the head of Hindi Department at Gorakhpur University. His works have been translated into many languages worldwide, and he has written several volumes of poems and other books in Hindi. His most popular books are – “Aakhar Anant” ,“Cheezon Ko Dekhkar”, Saath Chalte Hue” Behtar Duniya Ke Liye”, “Phir Bhi Kuch Rah Jaayega”, Dishantar, Agyae Aur Unka Sahitya”. He has also been honored with prestigious “Vyas Samman” and “Pushkin Award” for his literary works.








Kalpna Singh-Chitnis is a bilingual Indian-American Poet, Writer, Filmmaker and Actor based in CA, USA. Author of the “Bare Soul” (a poetry collection in English) and three poetry collections in Hindi, Kalpna Singh-Chitnis was born in Gaya (Bihar) India. Educated at Magadh University, Bodhgaya, and New York Film Academy, Kalpna began her career as a writer, poet and lecturer of Political Science. She taught International Relations to post graduate students at Gaya College, Gaya, before turning to film directing. She won the prestigious “Bihar Rajbhasha Award” (1986-87) for her first poetry collection “Chand Ka Paivand” (Patch of Moon) before age 21, and the title of ‘Bihar Shree’ (Jewel of Bihar) in 1988. She also received “Rajiv Gandhi Global Excellence Award” in 2014 in New Delhi, for her contributions to literature and film at national and international levels. Kalpna’s poetry collections “Bare Soul”, “Tafteesh Jari Hai” (The Investigation Continues) and “Nishant” (The Dawn) have received praise from eminent writers, scholars and critics such as Nobel prize nominees Dr. Wazir Agha, Naseer Ahmad Nasir, Vaptsarov Award and Ordre des Arts et des Lettres winner poet Amreeta Pritam, Academy Award winning lyricist, poet and filmmaker Gulzar, Gyanpeeth Award winner poets Kedarnath Singh, Shaharyar and others. Kalpna’s literary works have been widely published in Indian Subcontinent, Europe and in North America. Her poems have been featured in prominent journals like California Quarterly, The Enchanting Verses, Levure litteraire, World Poetry, Prairie Light Review, Hans, Kadambini, Dharamyug, Saptahik Hindustan, Indraprastha Bharti, just to name a few. She has also been interviewed on ABC Channel 7, Voice of America, LA 18, Doordarshan (India’s National Television), KPFK Radio, Aakashvani (India’s National Radio) and has made several headlines in newspapers like Telegraph, OC Register, Los Angeles Times (Daily Pilot), OC Weekly, Times of India, Indian Express and others. She is the creator and editor of “Life and Legends”, multilingual literary magazine, and working on her next film “Dancing in the Rain” (based on a true story), to raise awareness about the issue of honor killing in Indian Sub-continent and Mid-East.


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