• Parabaas
    Parabaas : পরবাস : বাংলা ভাষা, সাহিত্য ও সংস্কৃতি
  • পরবাস | Buddhadeva Bose | Poem
  • Now The Battle is Against The World : Buddhadeva Bose
    translated from Bengali to English by Nandini Gupta

    Now the battle is against the world, this world,
    with me on one side, on the other your eyes silent, deep;
    between us the meandering, dizzying path of this world.

    The people of the world stretch out their hands to draw
    a red line between us; they divide us with their arms
    stretched out like quivering, poisonous snakes.

    Before my eyes, your breasts sway like halcyon
    dreams; like day-dreams your hair unravels upon
    my chest; my heart quivers like a bird

    caught in the storm; whom shall we fear?
    We know what lies beyond the next bend---
    it is you---you and me; then for whom else

    shall we have eyes? To my eyes your breasts
    are like halcyon dreams; on your breasts
    my hands eager, warm; at my touch your breasts

    flood over, like the mighty currents of a blind, invisible
    river; they wipe away all vestiges of this unruly
    world; only the powerful torrents of this huge, dark

    river remain, where we are the victors, we are one, you
    and I---how beautiful, how divinely beautiful these words---
    You, --- you and I.

    The original poem ekhan yuddha prithibIr sange by Buddhadeva Bose appeared in the collection of poems Natun Paataa, first published in 1940. This poem, however, was written much earlier, on 29th. October, 1934.
    Published in Parabaas: February, 2001
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