Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Beautiful, this is for you

Stay calm, for they seek your anger
Love, for they want you to hate
They seek to get the worst out in you
For they know, that, 
in the game of ugliness
they will win
they have set the terms long before
the Masters of War – they’ve always been the same
For once, look into their eyes,
and say, 
that you are not afraid of them,
that you know that they are afraid of you
for they really are
they have always been
Say that you know your history
for you really do
Every flowing river, every grim hill, every screeching automobile
have taught you
haven’t taught them
They have learnt in schools how to make money,
how to make bombs
And you, who love, who are beautiful,
you have learnt,
from the school of life,
how to live.

Friday, October 7, 2016

it has been

it has been a long long time
made of clock-hands, coffee cups and cinema,
furtive glances at slender fingers;

we have been scared
of love, of touches,
of poetry
of children sniffing polythene bags
between steel tracks
beneath empty coaches in the rain
the coaches are still and silent
the children are still and silent
the rain is still and silent
Señor Pablo would’ve known

it is cold
for long has it been so
but don’t you worry
it will not be cold forever

certain birds go to the rivers
to learn magic
and turn into twilight
and don’t you worry
we shall not be scared forever

it has been a long long time
and all the horses have returned
to the dark secret valley
to drink moonlight
and dream of an ancient revolution

Tuesday, October 4, 2016


থাক থাক সুঘ্রাণী সন্দেশের উপর
সিরাজ-ঘাতক ক্লাইভের সামনে
মহিষাসুর-ঘাতক দূর্গামূর্তি সাক্ষী রেখে
সেইদিন ছিন্ন খঞ্জনার মত 
নেচেছিলো যারা লম্পট নবকৃষ্ণের সভায়
বাংলার নদী মাঠ-ভাঁটফুল কি ঘুঙুরেরই মত কেঁদেছিল তাদেরও পায়ে?