RABINDRANATH TAGORE

Tagore! You are our poet, our identity, Our leader, our mentor, To whom we return At dark nights and in shining days.   Tagore! You  are a torch-bearer, A cool shade to trammeled millions.   Wo/man…

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BILKIS YAKUB RASOOL

  1 Bilkis! you are not  Lucrece you have no lily hand or rosy cheek and your eyes are not marigolds, hair not golden threads either or skin snow white. 2 and why not? you are…

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CHILDREN OF THE FOREST

  Are you the children of the forest? Else what are you doing amid The bare, old, ghost trees?   Orphans you are not, For, there is no orphanage here. Multiple resorts, hotels, guest-houses Steal your…

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A DAWN SERENE

A  dawn in winter, And the sun’s first rays Glowed the stubble-field.   Yonder a hundred herons, Milk white, Basked on a treetop.   From fig leaves Dew sparkled.   Street deserted, And the Bhutan hills,…

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AN AGED COUPLE

Sixty autumns together they walked, And how many more who knows? Side by side they stood on the forest fringe And admired shrivelled faces and scraggy necks.   How swiftly the halcyon days passed! Ah! The…

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SANTALPARA

Bored being confined by four walls, I set out for Santalpara Where I hear rustics sit idle whole day And drink, brawl and do nothing.   A fine drizzle washed the forest path a while ago,…

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UPON DYNA BRIDGE

It was noon, but the rays mellow and soft! Let’s stand awhile on Dyna Bridge, dear, under which River Torsha moaned meandering naked, unabashed!   Timid rays fell on its sickle body, and It gleamed, and…

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A FORSAKEN WOMAN

Her man stole a neighbourhood girl, And went Arunachal a long ago, When Munni crawled in her Belly, swollen to burst.   She lived at a hut, And toil at day at lush green fields Plucked…

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AMONG THE DRUNKARDS

  Twice a month I go to Hariahati and drink haria Among the drunkards, peasants and labourers all, Two pigs skinned and men have their heyday!   Round some fat women, haunch men nine or ten,…

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