The fire I am looking for

Written by Shakya Suren

The fire I am looking for

How long can I survive with an empty stomach?
Fire,
I am also looking for.

To warm my stove
How long can I live in darkness?
Fire,
I am also looking for
to sweep all the darkness with glare.

But today,
So horrible is the situation that
The fire I was looking for
might not set my own house in fire?
I am afraid.

(The poem originally written in Nepalbhasha by Shakya Suren, is translated to English by Razen Manandhar)