• Parabaas
    Parabaas : পরবাস : বাংলা ভাষা, সাহিত্য ও সংস্কৃতি
  • পরবাস | Translation | Poem
  • Four Songs of Lalon Phokir : Lalon Phokir
    translated from Bengali to English by Carol Salomon

    This time
    search your own house.

    The bird's nest is in the corner
    of your eye.
    It comes and goes
    right by your hands.

    In every house,
    one bird:
    It perches in the apartment
    with a thousand rooms.
    Its main room
    is unreachable.
    You cannot know it
    when it goes there.

    In the middle of a room
    framed by mirrors
    the bird sits,
    full of joy.
    Brother, can't you see?
    You'll never catch it
    just by stretching out your hands.

    If you desire to see the bird,
    I'm someone who knows the way
    to show it. Darvish Siraj Sai says,
    Lalon, it's taking days
    to make you understand.

    Published in Parabaas April 20, 2011

    We thank Professor Joanna Kirkpatrick for sending us this translation by late Carol Salomon. We also thank Professor Richard Salomon to grant us permission to publish it in Parabaas.

    অলংকরণ (Artwork) : Nilanjana Basu
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