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  • Three Horses--A Poem By Shamsur Rahman, translated by Bhismadev Chakrabarti [Parabaas Translation] : Shamsur Rahman
    translated from Bengali to English by Bhismadev Chakrabarti

    Three Horses

    Shamsur Rahman

    translated from the original Bengali by

    Bhismadev Chakrabarti

    Three white horses leap in the air

    Their wild manes fly ablaze

    The world of humans recedes to a thrum

    Three white horses leap in the air

    Perhaps the clouds seek their kin

    Sways and swells the ground in sync

    Open blades dazzle in the wind

    Three swords shine in the dark

    Dreamless now in barren grounds

    All too small, all too real

    The hooves shower sparkles all over

    Three white horses, three dreams alive

    Empty clouds fly away now

    Far from the blue, deep blue

    A million rose petals come up,

    Like lines of a face in the dark

    Three horses are courage perhaps,

    Past, present, and future their manes

    A shining crown on their empty backs

    Three white horses leap in the air

    Published November, 2020

    The original poem [Tinti Ghora (তিনটি ঘোড়া)] appeared in the collection of poems under the title Bidhwasta Neelima(বিধ্বস্ত নীলিমা), in 1967.

    Translated by Bhismadev Chakrabarti

    Illustrated by Nilanjana Basu. Nilanjana has been regularly illustrating for Parabaas. She is currently based in California.

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