• Parabaas
    Parabaas : পরবাস : বাংলা ভাষা, সাহিত্য ও সংস্কৃতি
  • পরবাস | Translation | Poem
  • The Storm of Desire : Sankha Ghosh
    translated from Bengali to English by Nandini Gupta

    In this hovering soundless solitude,
    In the abundant lonesome winds of this dark evening,
    You turn up
    your white pale face
    cold as a cloud, lightless like the moon
    towards the enormous sky.

    From a far-away land I tremble
    with the unbearable agony of desire---
    Bunched around your white stone of a face
    thin wisps of hair tremble
    in the dark wind
            like so many fingers extended
                    in pain, in prayer.

    The corner of the sky grows heavy
    with clustering clouds,---
    Flashes of longing tear through
    with repeated ferocity,
    Tidal waves of love seeking to burst forth
    in tremendous ecstasy, agitate
    the unbounded distances within the darkness,
    the sombre complexion of a reflective unmoving land.
    You turn up your face
    cold as a cloud, lightless like the moon,
    your breasts are like undulations of a land
    that has wept itself to weary stillness
    you stretch out your anxious wasted arms--- long-expectant,
    prayer-tired, towards that furious enormous sky-----

    Around them cluster darkness,
    wisps of hair,
    a thousand musical notes,
    in the boundless lonesome winds.

    Slowly creation reaches readiness:
          As if in one terrible blessedly-sweet moment,
    the clouds of its desire break forth
    in bolts of unbearable thunder piercing the middle
    of your outspread breast, eager, upturned,
    towards the total bliss of union---
    Then,banishing all rubbish
    from this wet dishevelled tumbledown world
          a beautiful cool caressing

    The original poem [aakaa~Nxaar jha.D* by sha~Nkha ghoshh*] appeared in the collection of poems dinaguli raataguli*, first published in 1956. The poems in this collection were written during 1949-54.

    Published in Parabaas: May, 2001

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