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Rabindranath

  • Published at 05:50 pm May 9th, 2020
Rabindranath
Self-portrait by Rabindranath Tagore

Tribute on Rabindranath Tagore’s 159th birth anniversary

(Translated by Mohammad Shafiqul Islam)


What sort of darkness prevails in Bengal 

that the paths of progress are sealed!

For a reign of silence, even birds don’t perch on trees.

Rivers are depressed, the land sapped of life 

Gives birth only to fungi but no verdure anywhere.

 

I fail to understand why Rabindranath had the strange

desire to be born in Bangladesh again as a tree.

No trees, no rivers here—it’s a flowerless time now.

No rebirth occurs, everyone stands against birth

 

Listen, Rabindranath, if we sow all your poems

and pour water day and night

not a single poem, we firmly believe, will sprout— 

such arid is your Bangladesh, Thakur!

 

Unfaithful wind, words without tenor,

perching on peepul trees, in extreme fear,

a bird or two only talk of music today,

on the rainless and silent 25th of Baishakh.

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