• Parabaas
    Parabaas : পরবাস : বাংলা ভাষা, সাহিত্য ও সংস্কৃতি
  • পরবাস | Translation | Poem
  • White Tombstones : Sankha Ghosh
    translated from Bengali to English by Nandini Gupta

    That night as I turned homewards,
    in the heart of the city
    scores and scores of nameless tombstones broke through the mist;

    at first they seemed
    to be rows and rows of kneeling nuns,---unmoving,
    crystallised in prayer;

    in the winter breeze
    the world trembled guilt-laden to the fragrance
    of the eucalyptus;

    but then
    the mist became a wall,
    prayer turned to reproach, of those white stones,

    smooth, epitaphless; as
    I turned homewards.

    The original poem [shaadaa phalak* by sha~Nkha ghoshh*] appeared in the collection of poems under the title baabarer praarthanaa*, in 1976. The poems in this collection were written during 1974-76. The poet received the Sahitya Akademi for this book.

    Published in Parabaas: May, 2001

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