Nabin K. Chhetri

Nabin K. Chhetri is a Nepali poet and writer based in Scotland. He graduated with an MSt degree in Creative Writing from Oxford University and an MLitt in The Novel from the University of Aberdeen. Nabin is a creative writing tutor and has conducted workshops and readings for various organisations, including Oxford University and Robert Gordon University. He has been selected for various creative opportunities and has been a writer or poet in residence in France, Spain, Italy and Scotland. He has read at the Edinburgh International Book Festival, and his work has received awards in Canada, Australia, Italy, India, Nepal, the UK, the USA and Israel. Nabin is the director of the Mist and Mountain Creative Residency.

Nabin K. Chhetri

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The Snow

The snow is terrible this year.
The road towards the library takes longer than usual.
I keep the books home,
waiting for the roads to clear up.
Buses drag by
with chains on their wheels,
leaving long monotonous marks.
Smell of raw pines and chimney smoke
brings your memory back
in the thin December air.
The train shrills past every day
slicing the air between the hill and my house.
Your memory touches like wind,
and halts, at that moment when you left;
like one of those winter evenings.
The snow has been terrible this year.
The days longer without you.

Next year, I will wait
when they clear the snow.
I will watch from the hilltop when your train comes
slowly, waltzing and whistling,
from the bends of summer hill.

Nabin K. Chhetri

From Bini – Memories of a Forgotten Country (Red Mountain Press, 2016)