The Girl Who is a Stranger - Manushya Puthiran

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I saw her photo
In the wallet
I picked up on the street

The purse-snatcher
possibly took into possession
everything except the picture
before tossing away the wallet

It might have been dropped
By a man
Who wouldn’t keep anything except her photo
In his wallet

May be
A girl who always
 had her photo in the wallet
In a moment of desolation
Could have flung it away
From a bus window

How can I
Take home
 the girl in the wallet?

She and I
Lingered homeless
For a long time

Translated by R. Abilash