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  • Three Songs of Lalon Phokir : Lalon Phokir
    translated from Bengali to English by Sudipto Chatterjee
    His play knows no end… | Everyone wonders, | The unknown Bird in the cage...






    The unknown Bird in the cage...
    how does it fly in and out?
    Catch it, I would, if I could...
    and put my mind's chains on its feet.

    There are eight rooms with nine doors,
    with latice-work in between.
    On top of that, there' s a central yard
    and a hall of mirrors.

    The unknown Bird in the cage...
    how does it fly in and out?

    The Bird wouldn't behave so,
    had it not been for my ill-luck.
    It has broken through its Cage
    and flown away somewhere....

    The unknown Bird in the cage...
    how does it fly in and out?

    O Mind, you have lived with high hopes,
    but your Cage is made of raw bamboo.
    One day this Cage (too) will fall and break.
    Lalon says, "The door 's ajar, the Bird's flown!"

    The unknown Bird in the cage...
    how does it fly in and out?


    Published December 27, 2007



    অলংকরণ (Artwork) : Nilanjana Basu
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