Mohan Rana

(1964 / Dehli / India)

Did You Hear It Too? - Poem by Mohan Rana

All night long your restlessness
walked the wet streets of Lisbon,
pitter-patter.
A silent moan
woke me at daybreak.
A bird
was singing in the dawn:
something had woken it up too.

All night long your restlessness,
unable to sleep, walked and peered
with eyes closed
inside me.
A sound broke in the ocean's sigh
amidst the rising waves.
Turning over in the sheets' folds,
did you hear the bird too?

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Poet's Notes about The Poem

[6.4.2002 Sesimbra, Portugal
From Patthar Ho Jaayegii Nadii, Stone-River]

The literal translation of this poem was made by Lucy Rosenstein
The final translated version of the poem is by Bernard O'Donoghue

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Poem Submitted: Friday, July 6, 2012

Poem Edited: Friday, July 6, 2012


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