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    Parabaas : পরবাস : বাংলা ভাষা, সাহিত্য ও সংস্কৃতি
  • পরবাস | Translation | Poem
  • This Hand Has Touched : Sunil Gangopadhyay
    translated from Bengali to English by Nandini Gupta

    This golden figurine--- oh dear, will she ceaselessly crumble away,
                In the night , in the sun, in the rain             in the arms of another man?
    Her nipples two bared switches,--- switches? Hands tremble at their touch.
    This hand has touched worms, pillows bound to chest, blood,
    In a greedless drowning to death in the blood's mucus,
    This hand has touched the shriek of tearless eyes
    This hand has touched
    This hand
    A tunnel-like alley--- running through it lightning-fast,
    small change clutched....sounds of boots behind, a cigarette
    in the sleeping mirror's mouth, this hand!

    No steam builds in my heart.      Yet,
    we meet in the darkness of a mist, eyes flash
    like a gold coin hid in an ancient chest.
    The nipples two bared switches, hands tremble at their touch,
    Even this hand!

    There are some billion doctors on this earth.
    Like Parashuram I shall kill them all
    and wake to life in a pool of their blood.
    Moonlight, like shadows of trees.
    Within it none alive. Anymore.
    Trees under the sky. Darkness, leaves bunch.
    A stream within the leaves.
    Within the stream's every vein cruelty;
    For the present, cruelty gathers her aachal away and says,
    There are the lights, my cousin waiting at the gate, I have to go now....

    Go, but never again alone in the dark
    turn your neck to me, go, I shall for long
    stand in watch here and hold the dogs at bay,
    go today without fear, but never again. Today,
    go without fear.      I shall stand in watch.

    Published May 5, 2002

    The original poem [ei haat chhu.NYechhilo* by Sunil Gangopadhyay*] appeared in the collection of poems Ami Kirokombhaabe Bneche Achhi*, first published in 1966.

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