To a Dead Woman

Buddhadeva Bose

''I will not forget'---vows so arrogant
life does not forgive. So, let leave vain promises.
A fleeting spark you were, may your liberation spread along
unimagined pathways, the enchantment of your lovely face fade,
fade into the grass, the leaves, the dance of the seasons,
                                                    the oceans, the blue of the sky.
In this night, in the solitude of my heart I keep aflame
only these words---You were here, once you were here.

The original poem [kono mR^itaar prati* by buddhadeb basu*] appeared in the collection of poems rUpaantar*, first published in 1944. This poem, under the title ramaa first appeared as a dedication to "Ramaa" in Bose's play maaYaa-maala~ncha, also published in 1944.

Translated by Nandini Gupta [nandinI gupta*] - Nandini Gupta is a post-doctoral research fellow at the Enidhoven University of Technology, the Netherlands, working on ... (more)

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