I discern a few birds somewhere outside on grass,
dew drops dry-up in the sun rays
a few people—around their corn-field,
lonely like human beings
In anticipation of heavenly geometry
Even the earths undulations have
Mingled with the whole sky of
The present and the past.

Is there a general strike along
The horizon? —chimney... spread
Along the blue of the sky
easily, like birds.

Here ensteeped in the
stillmates of the river
Clouds have arisen to the sky
like spiral stairs—
They realize as they mingle with the nature,
... dazzling aluminium feel
I counted two three four five
Six aeroplanes
As if watching the blue of the skies,
In the sunlight, I took a look at the
Century’s ghosts.

Translated by Faizul Latif Chowdhury


About Jibanananda Das


Jibanananda Das was a Bengali poet, writer, novelist and essayist. Dimly recognized during his lifetime, today Das is acknowledged as the premier poet of post-Tegorian literature in India and Bangladesh. He is considered as Bengal’s “greatest” modern poet and “best loved” poet too, his poems being regarded as "part of the Bengali consciousness on the both side of border" between India and Bangladesh. For the poets in the latter half of the twentieth century Das “has practically come to take place of Tagore . Das’s oeuvre is eclectic and resists classification under any single heading or school. Das wrote ceaselessly... Read more...

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Who will away to Athens with me? Who
Loves choral songs and maidens crown'd with flowers,
Unenvious? mount the pinnace; hoist the sail.
I promise ye, as many as are here,
Ye shall not, while ye tarry with me, taste
From unrinsed barrel the diluted...
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