Sunil Gangopadhyay

(7 September 1934 - / Faridpur / Bangladesh (British India))

Easy - Poem by Sunil Gangopadhyay

With ease I make a million flowers bloom,
All at once I light up some suns, moons, stars,
In a passing whim I blow out the moonlight
(Remember that moonlight?) or the sunlight (remember that too?).

Don't believe a thing my detractors say.
They might say that I am a child or a fool,
or a magician, ---
Ragged tents, broken drums, patches
on his black coat, but look what a deadly dance he's dancing
on the pupils of her eyes, onlookers aren't fooled, they laugh
but the girl will hear no reason oh how she ails from this dose
of illusion;---Don't believe them.

Hey you revilers, look,
look with what ease I hold up the three worlds---
on the little finger of my left hand.
The darkness, the seas, hills all look on amazed,
You, only you, have forgotten the language of surprise!
Come on into my house, and see what a wondrous house I keep.
The roof overhead---see, but no walls have I on the sides,
(Bounded by walls all round, dreams and phlegm in your hearts,
marking age on your fingers, drawing fancy pictures on walls,
carefully you guys will live!)
While look in my house breezes of all kinds
like faithful retainers move around, brush away cobwebs,
test colors on cornices, busy day and night.
I sit in my wall-less room and paint on the girl's pupils,
Much easier this than making pictures without.

Go back, you revilers, you are foolish children, and you,
Don't believe them when they call me magician.

[Translated from Bengali poem 'Sahaj' by Nandini Gupta]


Comments about Easy by Sunil Gangopadhyay

  • Denis Mair (8/7/2019 12:11:00 AM)

    If only I could look through her eyes as you paint on them! For that moment life is breathed into illusion, so I will follow wherever you go cavorting. (Report)Reply

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  • (8/6/2019 11:12:00 PM)

    " With ease I make a million flowers bloom"
    Fantastic flight of imagery leaning towards modern times, hence, worthy modern poem of the Day.
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  • Kumarmani Mahakul (8/6/2019 12:10:00 PM)

    Beautiful poem by Nandini Gupta is well translated by Sunil Gangopadhyay. Congratulations for being selected this poem as the modern poem of the poem of the day for second time. (Report)Reply

    Rajnish Manga(8/6/2019 1:18:00 PM)

    Sir, the original poem is the work of celebrated Bangla writer/poet Sunil Gangopadhyay and the same is translated into English by Ms Nandini Gupta.

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  • Savita Tyagi (8/6/2019 9:42:00 AM)

    Today reading this poem I was reminded of Vak Sukta. The hymn where the Goddess Vak (speech or divine word) talks about her Cosmic Omnipresence. She creates and holds the three worlds with ease. Beautiful hymn. Anyone who has read it would appreciate that ancient hymn as well as this one. In India specially in Bengal worshiping Supreme Being in female form is quite prevelant. (Report)Reply

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  • Rajnish Manga (8/6/2019 4:21:00 AM)

    Hey you revilers, look,
    look with what ease I hold up the three worlds- -
    on the little finger of my left hand.... Amazingly beautiful poem which reflects Sunil G's poetic excellence. Thanks also to Nandini Gupta for its brilliant English translation.
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  • Drtony Brahmin (8/6/2019 2:58:00 AM)

    The darkness, the seas, hills all look on amazed,
    You, only you, have forgotten the language of surprise!
    Come on into my house, and see what a wondrous house I keep. a great poem of 'Gangopadhya
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  • Aniruddha Pathak (8/6/2019 1:20:00 AM)

    A lovely translation and a poem in its own right. (Report)Reply

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  • (8/6/2018 8:29:00 PM)

    aray deshi videshi logo
    bhagawan k naam se batao
    k ye kavita kahan se, kaise
    great poem bun gayi hai
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  • Subhas Chandra Chakra (8/6/2018 12:18:00 PM)

    Loved this great poem and enjoyed reading it. (Report)Reply

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  • Savita Tyagi (8/6/2018 9:09:00 AM)

    Great poem indeed. A pleasure to read. (Report)Reply

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  • Glen Kappy (8/6/2018 8:14:00 AM)

    I don’t get the reference to the three worlds in the beginning of the third stanza, and things in the second stanza leave me wondering, but this poem has a breadth to it that appeals to me, as does the calling-out of people who deny, who cannot recognize, deity. -GK (Report)Reply

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  • Anil Kumar Panda (8/6/2018 8:01:00 AM)

    A great poem indeed. Enjoyed each line of it. Thanks for sharing. (Report)Reply

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  • (8/6/2018 6:02:00 AM)

    Poem Hunter is the worst poetry site on the net (Report)Reply

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  • Adrian Flett (8/6/2018 5:03:00 AM)

    The wonderful image of a wall-less room for the open and exploring mind to be in. (Report)Reply

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  • Kumarmani Mahakul (8/6/2018 4:23:00 AM)

    Go back, you revilers, you are foolish children, and you,
    Don't believe them when they call me magician..............so impressive. Beautiful poem well translated.
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  • Chandan Dey (8/6/2018 4:23:00 AM)

    Sunil Gangopadhyay is a great poet of modern India. His ‘Sahaj’ (in Bengali) is a very good poem with nice imagery and a powerful analysis of social life with deep philosophical insight. Thanks for posting. But, it would have been better if I could read the original Bengali poem below this translation.
    Chandan
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  • Edward Kofi Louis (8/6/2018 3:40:00 AM)

    Remember that moonight! ! And follow after the works of the truth.

    Thanks for sharing this poem with us.
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  • Drtony Brahmin (8/6/2018 3:18:00 AM)

    The darkness, the seas, hills all look on amazed,
    You, only you, have forgotten the language of surprise!
    Come on into my house, and see what a wondrous house I keep.
    The roof overhead- -see, but no walls have I on the sides, ..... a house without walls is my dream too...
    very nice poetic thoughts and wishes dear poet. tony
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  • Mahtab Bangalee (8/6/2018 2:12:00 AM)

    Firstly thanks to Nandini Gupta for beautiful translation of Greatest Poet Sunil Gangopadhyay


    Excellent description on Ease-

    look with what ease I hold up the three worlds- -
    on the little finger of my left hand.
    The darkness, the seas, hills all look on amazed,
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  • (1/13/2017 8:15:00 AM)

    A powerful write on creation. I love your imagery. (Report)Reply

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Poem Submitted: Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Poem Edited: Tuesday, March 20, 2012


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