Aug 17, 2014

How enchanting you are

কত যে তুমি মনোহর মনই তাহা জানে
koto je tumi manohar

How enchanting you are
How you steal my heart
It is only my heart that knows
It trembles and throbs
In the melody of your song

Today in this dawn
The sun plays with the clouds
My eyes brim over as I gaze at you

Fidgety flickers of light
Ripple across the river
Peals of lilting laughter
Race across the forest leaves

What do I see in the sky
Is it the gaze of your eye
A deluge of divine sweetness
Drizzles down the blue above
Drizzles down into my heart

O my Oarsman

ওরে মাঝি, ওরে আমার মানবজন্মতরীর মাঝি
orey majhi

O my Oarsman
You who row the raft of my mortal being
Do you hear the flute that plays
Afar somewhere on the shore

Will your raft find a pier
At the end of day
Will I sight a row of lamps
In the darkness of dusk

In this achingly sweet breeze
My heart feels as if
A laughter from across the shore
Comes creeping along the darkness

I brought along a few flowers
That I plucked before I came
With the ones that are still fresh
Fashion a bouquet at the soonest

The boat has been unmoored

ওই রে তরী দিল খুলে
oi je tori dilo khule

The boat has been unmoored
Who will carry your load
When you go forward
Let the past stay behind
To carry it on your back
Would keep you behind all alone
You’ve dragged your burdens one by one
From your home to the shore
You kept going back time and again
For each thing you forgot
Call out to the oarsman, call out
Let your burdens drift away
Shake off all you have
And offer your life at his feet

Aug 16, 2014

Who wants to go to the other shore

ওগো, তোরা কে যাবি পারে
ogo tora ke jaabi pare

Who wants to go to the other shore
I sit at the riverbank ready with my boat
Such frolic and play I see on the other side
With all the people in all the gardens
On this side a desert as dry as can be
The day has not gone by yet
Come all those who wish to go
Why waste your time in worry
The sun will soon go down
This fortuitous wind will let up
The pier will close down in the darkness of dusk

How could he forget all the love and hope

ওগো এত প্রেম-আশা
ogo ato prem asha

How could he forget all the love and hope
The deepest yearning of the heart
Doesn’t the moon there smile at night
Doesn’t the flute there play it’s tune

Here the breeze plunders the gardens
Doesn’t the wind there blow at all
It speaks of him to me ever so often
Doesn’t it ever speak to him of me

If he is to forget me today, my friend
Why did his love make me forget myself
To make me weep all my life
Is that what he wanted!

Many a pleasant night we spent on a carpet of flowers
Gazing into each other’s eyes
Did he know then that this pang of separation
Would be my friend for life

If he does not remember me
If he finds a life of peace
Do go and see him, my friends
This thirst of my eyes
This hope of my heart
Do offer at his feet
And take with you a part of my pain
How do I hide it anymore
And bring with you if you can steal
One teardrop of his

No, no, my friend
If he can forget all this love
Don’t entreat him anymore
I won’t say a word
I will bear my woe
Quietly in my heart
All of this is in vain, my friend
In vain is this love
In vain is this yearning
The days of bliss are gone
Never to return again

Aug 15, 2014

I hear as if his footsteps

ওই শুনি যেন চরণধ্বনি রে
Oi shuni jeno choronodhwoni re

I hear as if his footsteps
I hear it lost in myself
Is it my beloved
Coming in stealth to steal my heart

What are these hints I get
That make my tears well up
The fragrance of a garland
I know from my dreams

Spring waits for him along his path
A bouquet of flowers in her arms
Conch shells resound in the skies
Hope wafts across the azure

Say those words again my love

ওই কথা বলো সখী
Oi kotha bolo shokhi

Say those words my love, once again
Say you love me again and again
I have heard it many a time
Yet I want to hear them again
Say you love me again and again

Aug 14, 2014

Wake up, do wake up

ওঠো ওঠো রে-- বিফলে প্রভাত বহে যায় যে
otho otho re, biphole probhat bohe jaay je

Wake up, do wake up
The morn goes by in vain
Open your eyes, awaken, arise
Stay unconscious no more

Each one rushes to be of service
The morn breeze awakens
The sun jogs across the sky
As if the Lord calls them one by one
Bloom the forest flowers one by one

Listen to that call
Gaze up at that face
Seeking His blessings
Let us all embark upon His work

Aug 1, 2014

O listen! Who plays the flute

ওগো শোনো কে বাজায়
Ogo shono ke bajay

O listen! Who plays the flute
The fragrance of wild flowers fused in it’s melody
Touching his lips, the flute captures his smile
My sweetheart’s smile drifts across to me
Seizing my heart with so sweet a song

The buzz of bees in the bowers echo in it’s tune
So eager the Bakul buds bloom to it’s song

The lapping of the Yamuna reaches my ear
My heart cries out with longing
Who does the moon gaze at with a smile

Jul 31, 2014

Who goes by playing a flute

ওগো কে যায় বাঁশরি বাজায়ে
ogo ke jaay bashori bajaye

Who goes by playing a flute
Passing by my door
I sit alone, lonesome
Evoked into thoughts
Of the one I yearn for

The flute gives voice to
His impassioned heart
His song of separation
How do I voice my feelings
My heart cries out in despair

I could not wreath the flowers
They wither and fall to the dust
Night gives way to the dawn
The moon hides its lacklustre face

Who do I worship through the night
Offering the springtime of my life
He carries off my heart
With the melody of his flute
Why do I remain behind

Who jolts me out of ease

আরাম-ভাঙা উদাস সুরে
aram bhanga udaash shurey

Who jolts me out of ease
With such a distracting tune
Who fills the empty heart of my flute
With such an ache today

The anxious flute beckons
The restless, the homeless
It sends its summons
In wakefulness and dreams
It draws out from the near
To sweep away to the far

It stirs which hidden recess of my heart
It makes me weep in secret at eventide
Even today…
My heart knows his name not
Not even what he looks like
Only in shadows and silhouettes
Does he flit around in my dreams

She takes limits lightly

ও যে মানে না মানা
o je mane na mana

She takes limits lightly
If I avert my gaze “No, no, no” she says
The more I urge “the night ends, the lamp dims”
She looks at my face saying “No, no, no”

Bewildered and overwhelmed with the crazed winds
Spring runs amok in forests bursting with flowers

The more I urge “Now I should go”
She stands at the door saying “No, no, no”

Jul 28, 2014

Do silence your verbose poet now

এবার নীরব করে দাও হে তোমার মুখর কবিরে
ebar nirob kore dao

Do silence your verbose poet now
Seize the flute that his heart is
Play yourself it’s deepest strains

Let your flute ring out
In the rich silence of the night
In a melody that enthralls
The skies and beyond

All that lies strewn across
My being and death
Draw them all to your feet
With the magic of your song

The heaps and piles of words
Will be swept away in a trice
I will sit alone and hear your flute
In a darkness that knows no bounds

Till now my eyes have seen him not

এখনো তারে চোখে দেখি নি
akhono taarey chokhey dekhini

Till now my eyes have seen him not
Till now I have just heard his flute
My heart and soul, whatever I had
I have surrendered unto him

I have heard of his dark appearance
That I should refrain from seeing him
Tell me friend if I should still
Venture out to the Yamuna

He came only in my dreams
A smile touched the corner of his eyes
Since then do I tingle in fear
I fear to look up and see

They walk around the forest as they please
They gaze at the Kadam tree as they please
Tell me friend if I should still
Look up and gaze at someone

Jul 27, 2014

Amidst this to and fro

আসা-যাওয়ার মাঝখানে
asha jawar majhkhane

Amidst this to and fro
For whom do you wait
Alone, gazing at the road

In the monsoon clouds
In ebony rimmed with gold
Who knows what is this game
Of shadow and light
Amidst this to and fro

Withered leaves flutter to the earth
Fresh leaves drape the boughs
Amidst that you lose yourself
What songs so tearladen
Stream around you
Amidst this to and fro

Jul 26, 2014

Nothing seems to allay

আজ কিছুতেই যায় না মনের ভার
aaj kichhutei jaayna moner bhaar

Nothing seems to allay today
The heaviness in my heart
Clouds loom across the sky
Shrouding the day in darkness

My heart said he would come
Maybe he could not find me
Unspoken his words
Wrench a wail out of me

Now and then in tearladen winds
The skies cry out for him
A deep sigh of this cloudy day
Tells me he will not return
He left with a heavy heart
Because this tryst was never to be

Jul 24, 2014

Do tell me what troubles your heart

তোমার মনের একটি কথা আমায় বলো বলো
tomar moner ekti kotha amay bolo bolo

Do tell me what troubles your heart
Do tell me why your eyes brim over

The pitter patter of raindrops in the forests,
the chirp of crickets beneath the Kadamba trees,
the gurgle of rivulets through vistas of Sal trees
resonate through this evening

The horizons vanish
The azure evanesces in the drizzling downpour
Shadows flit across your face
Shadows cloud around your mind
Your heart heaves with the torpid tearladen winds

Jul 21, 2014

None here speaks of you

তোমার কথা হেথা কেহ তো বলে না
tomar kotha hetha keho to bolena

None here speaks of you
In vain they create a commotion
They sit beside a sea of nectar
And yet sip only poison

They have ripped their own roots
They know not how to swim
They cannot find a shore
They drift down the stream
Maybe to drown in the end
They flounder and fumble on
Through night and day

Where do I go
Whom do I ask
They pull and drag me along
I fear I’ll be left alone in the end
Amid fathomless seas
I search for a friend, a well-wisher
My eyes moisten with tears
My own load bears me down
My heart trembles in weakness

Jul 20, 2014

I love you night and day

আমি নিশিদিন তোমায় ভালোবাসি
aami nishidin tomaay bhalobashi

I love you night and day
Do so at your leisure
I sit here night and day
Do come when you remember
I stay awake through the night
Enduring the ache of separation
Do come in the morn
Even if for a moment
Grace me with your smile

Do walk the way you  please
Through sweetly wafting winds
Through everlasting blooms
Buoyant on the waves of your own joys
If I happen to come by
I too will float along
If I fall behind, no harm in that
Efface my memories from your thoughts

Jul 19, 2014

I’ve come to see you today

আজ তোমারে দেখতে এলেম অনেক দিনের পরে
aaj tomaarey dekhte elem

I’ve come to see you today
After a long time
Fear not, be at ease
I won’t linger too long
I’ve come for only a few moments
Only to gaze at your face
And listen to you
If you have something to say
Or only just to see your smile
From behind a screen if need be
Before I go on to lands far away

Jul 18, 2014

How far is it, the abode of joy

আর কত দূরে আছে সে আনন্দধাম
aaro koto doorey aachhey

How far is it, the abode of joy
I am weary
I am blinded
I do not know the way

The sun dips below the horizon
Darkness enshrouds the earth
Have mercy on this helpless one
O mother of this universe

I drift from one road to the other
Driven by unfulfilled desire
In vain is this game
In vain is this show
In vain does time pass by

Today in this eventide breeze
Do lead me to the abode of peace
Bestow upon me everlasting peace
With the soothing caress of your love

You’ve given so much O Lord

অনেক দিয়েছ নাথ
onek diyechho naath

You’ve given so much
O Lord you’ve given so much
And yet is my desire not fulfilled
My penury not dispelled
My tears not effaced
My deepest thirst not slaked

You’ve given me life and consciousness
My heart’s treasure - my family and friends
The soothing caress of the breeze
The blue canopy of the skies
The verdant beauty of the earth

If so much have you given
You have to give some more
If you I do not get
I will not go back

Jul 3, 2014

I am so impoverished

আমি দীন, অতি দীন
aami deen oti deen

I am so impoverished
How do I repay Lord
The debt of your kindness

Your affection in endless streams
Deluges this world
It showers night and day
Soothing my scorched heart

I will surrender all of my heart
I will give you back your own love
I will live to do what you ask of me
I offer my life at your feet

Jun 29, 2014

You brought me to tears

কাঁদালে তুমি মোরে ভালোবাসারই ঘায়ে
kandale tumi more bhalobashari ghaye
(audio)

You brought me to tears
The torment of your love
A deep sweet agony
Tingles down my body

I will walk to distant shores
For a tryst with you, my love
Let pain prick at my feet
As I walk the endless roads

My heart wails like a flute
My eyes stream with tears
This sweet melancholy
Leaves me bewildered

You plunder my all
And yet keep me bound
I cannot tear my heart away
Such is my quandary

O my ever unknown stranger

ওগো আমার চির-অচেনা পরদেশী
ogo amar chiro awchena pawrodeshi

O my ever unknown stranger
To which summons did you come
Out for a moment from your solitary arbour

I didn’t fathom what you said
But it’s strain lingers on
Like the melody of a flute

I sat alone in the morn
And wreathed a garland
It lay on the ground
Beneath the Ashok trees
When I came back at the end of day
I could not find it anymore
Even you had by then gone away
The hours went by
I could not sight you again

Do stay a little longer

আরো একটু বসো তুমি
aaro ektu bosho tumi

Do stay a little longer
Do tell a little more

O traveller
Why this restlessness
A moistness in your eyes

Did you get a hint of what you wished to hear from me
The silent swell of words billowing in my heart

When you are far away
The secrets deep within
Resonate in sweet melody
When you come close
Your eyes hush all words
They shine like the stars
In the still night of my heart

Jun 28, 2014

A few more minutes, do sit by me

আরো কিছুখন নাহয় বসিয়ো পাশে
aaro kichhukhon nahoy boshiyo paashey

A few more minutes, do sit by me
A few more words, do speak to me

See how the autumn sky darkens
Vaporous airs mist the horizon

You came to my door in the morn
Wanting to see something
Let me ask while there is still light
Were you able to catch a glimpse of that
O traveller, say do say –
That which rolls to and fro
In the fathomless depths of my heart

You wavered at the door
Held yourself back today
You tinkered with your tunes
Out in the courtyard
I know not what you can take
Take back with you to the distant lands
O traveller, at this hour of parting ways

When you came at the break of dawn
Leaving behind all your chores
The soulful voice you came to hear
Did you catch a hint of it
O traveller, say do say –
Those words they are ablaze
In the secret depths of my heart

Jun 27, 2014

My heart is athirst

চিত্ত পিপাসিত রে গীতাসুধার তরে
chitto pipashito re
(audio)

My heart is athirst
For the sweetness of a song

Like a withered vine
That thirsts for a drop of rain
My heart sprawls in the dust
Aggrieved and athirst
For the sweetness of a song

Today on a spring night
Today with an eternal thirst
Today my wakeful heart
Is like a bird that gazes at the moon
Yearning to soak in the light
Athirst for the sweetness of a song

The wakeful moon
In a sky bereft of sleep
Watches the quiescent world
My body and soul cry out
In a listless tone
Athirst for the sweetness of a song

Jun 22, 2014

One to whom you give your flag

তোমার পতাকা যারে দাও
tomar potaka jaare dao

One to whom you give your flag
Give her the strength to bear it
To suffer great sorrows in your service
Give her the faith to bear it

I wish with all my heart
To end sorrow with sorrow
I do not wish to evade
The pain that you bestow
Woe will be a laurel for me
If you grant with it my faith

Give me work if you so wish
As long as you let me
Forget you not
Let me not get entangled
In a web of wanton waste

Ensnare me in as many bonds
Keep me free to be with you
Keep me in the dust if you so wish
Make me pure with the dust of your feet
Be that I get lost in worldly affairs
Let me not forget and lose you
I’ll take any road you choose for me
Allow me to reach your feet
Let all my effort take me
To the one who ends all fatigue

An uphill road is this world
Many a sacrifice, many a woe,
Many a pang of separation
Bearing many a death through this life
May I get a new life in death
Let me find at eventide
A refuge at your feet

If you rescue me O Lord

যদি আমায় তুমি বাঁচাও
jodi amay tumi banchao

If you rescue me O Lord
Then blessed will be your world
If you wash off with your purity
The grime and soot in my heart
Arouse will anew your sun and moon
In a grand festival of light
My blooms have yet to flower
That very sadness fills the world
If dispelled is the darkness of night
And awakened is my heart
Then radiant will be the sky
With the ring of joyous melody