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Amitabh Vikram Dwivedi is an assistant professor of linguistics at Shri Mata Vaishno Devi University, India. His research interests include language documentation, writing descriptive grammars, and the preservation of rare and endangered languages in South Asia. He has contributed articles to many Science Citation Index journals.
His most recent books are A Grammar of Hadoti (Lincom: Munich, 2012), A Grammar of Bhadarwahi (Lincom: Munich, 2013), and a poetry collection titled Chinaar kaa Sukhaa Pattaa (2015) in Hindi.
As a poet, he has published more than 100 poems in different anthologies, journals, and magazines worldwide. Until recently, his poem “Mother” has been published as a prologue to Motherhood and War: International Perspectives (Eds.), Palgrave Macmillan Press. 2014.
Your cry remained unheard,
Like other objects in this world:
The bark of a distant dog,
The rustling of dried leaves, and
The sound of footsteps.
You cried but it didn’t communicate to me.
You sobbed but I didn’t notice it,
Were they addressed to me-in any case?
I solemnly doubt.
I surpassed them simply,
Considering them involuntary articulation
As your other instinctive biological signs.
The sound of pain,
The sound of suffering,
Did not constitute communication in any strict sense,
Your automatic overflow of emotional energy
Thus remained unheard.
And you accused me of being inhuman,
And I was wondering-
Without using words were you a human?
Amitabh Vikram Dwivedi