My Home is Swept Away (Basai Bagayo)

Koshi overwhelmed its banks
and swept away my home.
Yes, it swept away my hearth.
A murderous kindness it showed:
Yes, it swept away my home.

Seven streams of Koshi breached my home
and drowned the bed in which I slept.
Do I go on living like a common fly,
insignificant, or, as a fish drink up the river?

I know nothing but this hearsay-
Did the dam break? Was it swept south?
Half of the dam swept south of the border!
Come, let’s gather sticks of dynamite!
Let’s storm the guards to steal the keys!

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