Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Loneliness - Double Tanka


for a better view
he moves through the throng
of devotees--
the beggar keeps on singing
to get noticed



fog descends
along the slope
of a tea garden...
just the lone song
of a bulbul



Sunday, January 20, 2013

Two haiku and a tanka


a new year
the koala yawns
from sleep


Paternoster--
dawn breaking through
a cloud wall


by the river
an elderly tree
standing alone
i'm no longer aware
when you come and go

Monday, January 14, 2013

Haiku - Tribute to Tagore


“Jibono Moroner Simana Chharaye Bondhu Je amar…”
(Beyond the realm of mortality, you reside…)


1.

starlight
how could I see you
without the dark

2.

tuberoses
the scent of your poems
lingering      

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‘Aaji Joto Taara tabo akaashe…’
( The constellation that manifests itself within me…)


3.

opening up
my windows to your light
the prayer hall


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‘Aamar hiyar maajhe lukiye chhile…’
( You remained  unnoticed, unknown, deep-seated in me….)

4.

beside my garden
a wildflower blooms
late autumn

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‘Amare tumi osesh korechho, emoni leela tabo….”
( Incessantly, you have filled me with verve, with vigour…)

5.

waterfall…
how would I script all your words
in my lifetime

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‘Amar sesh paraaner kodi songe nilem, gaan kantha nilem…”
( In my travels to the unknown, I bank on the melody within …)


6.

homebound bird…
a  sailor’s song  floating
into the night

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‘Fhagun haoway haoway …’
( I lost my heart to the spring breeze…)


7.

Flame of the Forest--
a breeze carries off
the grounded

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‘Badol Baul bajay re ektara…’
(The wandering monsoon keeps playing its harp…)


8.

aimless breeze
the nonstop patter
of a minstrel

Friday, January 4, 2013

Haiku in the Christmas week


1.
Christmas Tree
losing colours to the fog
my childhood days

2.

first bite
on the plum cake
her apple cheeks

3.

yellow sky
in Jesus’s eyes the halo
of candles

4.
bright star
why should I mind the absence
of moon

 
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