• Parabaas
    Parabaas : পরবাস : বাংলা ভাষা, সাহিত্য ও সংস্কৃতি
  • পরবাস | Shakti Chattopadhyay | Poem
  • O Fire Forever Revered : Shakti Chattopadhyay
    translated from Bengali to English by Nandini Gupta

    O Fire Forever Revered
    (ও চিরপ্রণম্য অগ্নি)

    O fire forever revered
    Consume me.
    Start with the feet, immobile, stilled.
    Burn these hands, sullied loveless.
    Only the ice of flowers are trapped within the arms,
    The shoulders are unburdened of obligations:
    Burn them.
    Only then approach life.
    Linger a moment,
    Before you destroy
    The mind numbed with
                 truth and lies, colours and whites.
    Preserve the two eyes
                 they may still want to see.
    Ruin them only when the tears stop.
    Flowers garlands wreaths rest in fragrant dishabille
    Do not burn them,
    They bear the touch of loving hands.
    Let them float down the Ganga
    Imperious, free.
    O fire forever revered
    Consume me.

    The original poem 'O Chiropranamya Agni' (ও চিরপ্রণম্য অগ্নি) was included in the book with the same title published first during the Kolkata Book Fair in 1985 by Ananda Publishers (আনন্দ পাবলিশার্স).
    Parabaas, February 21, 2022

    অলংকরণ (Artwork) : Ananya Das
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