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  • Four Songs of Lalon Phokir : Lalon Phokir
    translated from Bengali to English by Carol Salomon





    Who wants to go to the other shore?
    Come aboard the Prophet's boat.
    The boat is formed of shapely wood.
    There's no chance of it sinking.

    Sailors who don't follow Shariat
    will die in a storm
    when the first wave hits.
    What can their Badar and Gazi do?
    Where will they be then?

    Those who don't know the Prophet
    are infidels in this world.
    Their worship is rejected.
    It’s written in black and white.

    The murshid himself is the Prophet.
    There's no mistake about it.
    He is God too.
    Lalan didn't make this up.
    It says so in the Quran.


    Published December 25, 2007



    অলংকরণ (Artwork) : Nilanjana Basu
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