Shabdaguchha

The International Poetry Journal in Bengali


Translated Poetry
9th Issue
July-Sept 2000

From Barishal to Briarwood:
Bengali Poetry in English



Prabir Das (1957-)

Homeless No. 9
The talk is about how the birth-moment was,
It is not a soft pillow under the breast
The talk about the birth-moment is gradually moving
Beyond the stones, leaving the iron and steel

While removing the garbage from the drainpipe
Of unbearable life, comes the desire to love
More of the unearthly past
And just then cursing the birth-moment
I search for its correct address,
My origin is floating
On the surrounding water of satisfaction.

Translated by Manujesh Mitra

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