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  • Land: Translation of A Poem By Sunil Nandi [Parabaas Translation] : Sunil Nandi
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    Sunil Kumar Nandi

    Do I myself know ---all that well---

    what brings me here? And yet, I've been here long.

    Lay your hand on my breast, deep within,

    the heart might give some inkling

    of the sounds

    in the senses mingled.

    Unravelling the urban cunning, as if on cue,

    these sounds summon before my eyes

    the face that lies

    in the shade of the mango coconut jaam hijal trees,

    the intimacy I persuaded to remain in those distant croplands,

    while I,

    swept along in the sinuous mixed currents,

    arrived at the expansive light-dazzled stage,

    got up as court-jester.

    Long ago! Today, when you draw close

    with the pond's breath, coolness

    my consciousness

    greedily searches for a refuge in the senses, searches

    for some land beneath the feet.

    Published May 5, 2002

    The original poem [bhUmi*] by Sunil Kumar Nandi appeared in the collection of poems Maati, Jol, Smriti*. The poems in this collection were written during 1980 through 1993.

    Translated by Nandini


    - Nandini

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