Kazi Nazrul Islam

(24 May 1899 - 29 August 1976 / Bardhaman / India)

Adorn Her


How can I adorn her,
With one basketful of flowers?
The sky is overcast
With her dishevelled
Cloudy hair,
Oh, how can I adorn her '?

Why have you, oh gardener,
Given me so few flowers,
That they should disappear
Before I could adorn her?

Ketaki the monsoon's bride
Putting the veil aside.
Behind thorny secret,
Woodland hides.

The unruly Kamini withers
Before I can touch her.
Drunk in her own fragrance
The tipsy chapa dances.

The shameless damsel Togor
Looks with her big eyes.
But before she could wither
The poor Bokul dies.

[Original in Bangla: Ek dali phule; Translation: Syed Mujibul Huq]

Submitted: Wednesday, May 30, 2012

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