poet Sunil Gangopadhyay

Sunil Gangopadhyay

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Ephemeral

Neera, sometimes, it seems
you are more distant
than even the day I was born.
You walk alone --
in the autumn-woods.
The rustle of leaves
under your tender feet,
fill the air!
The mountains, sloped like a bullock's neck
meet the horizon,
and the evening sun
resounding its victory-cymbals
sets behind those hills.
All these, Neera, seem more distant
than even the day I was born.

Sometimes, when I've looked at the sky,
I've seen a dying star.
I feel a shiver in my heart,
my eyes come down to the earth
and to the world all around.
At those times, Neera,
I feel a strong desire
to fight all that is born to die!
I wish to place the flag of the Heavens
in your almond-hued palm,
and tell the whole world,
that the ray of mystical light
falling on your chin,
shall stay arrested, forever.
At that moment,
in the distant leafstrewn woods,
I see your enigmatic smile!

You know Neera,
that the white pigeons that fly in the evening sky,
even they are obscured by darkness!
like the light of our eyes,
and like all worldly sorrows!
It's only the misery of man
that stretches beyond his lifetime.

[Translated from Bengali poem 'Nashbar' by Sheila Sengupta]

Poem Submitted: Tuesday, March 20, 2012
Poem Edited: Tuesday, March 20, 2012

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  • Chinedu DikeChinedu Dike (6/9/2020 10:20:00 PM)

    Well expressed thoughts and feelings, an insightful creation............

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  • Mahtab BangaleeMahtab Bangalee (6/9/2020 10:08:00 AM)

    Neera
    with you everything
    beautiful

    but crawling around the time
    no modesty in its character

    Neera
    truly l lost you
    into the uncivilized jaw of the time

    Neera
    now you are far away
    maybe singing lullaby in the lap of moony grandma
    look at my earthly cradle carrying undertaker
    Neera, the time leaves not me also
    oh ephemeral all here

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  • Sylvia Frances ChanSylvia Frances Chan (6/9/2020 7:28:00 AM)

    I feel a strong desire
    To fight all that is born to die
    to place the flag of the Heavens
    in your almond-hued palm,
    and tell the whole world,
    An excellent translation by Sheila Sengupta, my great Applause for you dear Poetess!
    A most deserving Modern poem of the Day. Congratulations! Beautiful and pittoresk!

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  • Dr Tony BrahminDr Tony Brahmin (6/9/2020 7:21:00 AM)

    Sometimes, when I've looked at the sky,
    I've seen a dying star.
    I feel a shiver in my heart,
    my eyes come down to the earth
    and to the world all around. very fine poem. tony

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  • Dr Tony BrahminDr Tony Brahmin (8/6/2019 2:59:00 AM)

    The mountains, sloped like a bullock's neck
    meet the horizon,
    and the evening sun
    resounding its victory-cymbals
    sets behind those hills. beautiful and picturesque. tony

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  • Ratnakar Mandlik (6/9/2019 10:51:00 PM)

    " I feel a strong desire
    To fight all that is born to die"
    Congrats, well deserved modern poem of the Day.

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  • Dr Tony BrahminDr Tony Brahmin (6/9/2019 1:04:00 PM)

    Sometimes, when I've looked at the sky,
    I've seen a dying star.
    I feel a shiver in my heart,
    my eyes come down to the earth
    and to the world all around. Neera and nature, magnificent. tony

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  • Rajnish MangaRajnish Manga (6/9/2019 12:01:00 PM)

    ....obscured by darkness!
    like the light of our eyes,
    and like all worldly sorrows!
    It's only the misery of man
    that stretches beyond his lifetime..... //.... The images and emotions created in the poem are immensely powerful and leave a lasting impression on the reader. English translation by Sheila Sengupta is also commendable. Thanks a lot.

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  • Anil Kumar PandaAnil Kumar Panda (6/9/2019 7:51:00 AM)

    Simply mind blowing! ! Very nicely translated to capture the mind and heart.10++++++

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  • Kumarmani MahakulKumarmani Mahakul (6/9/2019 6:47:00 AM)

    Delightful expression has been made on Neera and Nature. It is a beautiful poem by Sheila Sengupta and is well translated by you. Thanks and congratulations.

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    Rajnish MangaRajnish Manga(6/9/2019 12:11:00 PM)

    Sir, the original Bengali poem has been written by the renowned Poet-Novelist Sunil Gangopadhyay and has been beautifully translated by Ms Sheila Sengupta.

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  • Rahul KachhiRahul Kachhi (6/9/2019 2:28:00 AM)

    Very nice feeling and expression ability, thank you sir for share this poem.

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  • Mahtab BangaleeMahtab Bangalee (6/9/2019 2:17:00 AM)

    Sometimes, when I've looked at the sky,
    I've seen a dying star.
    I feel a shiver in my heart,
    my eyes come down to the earth
    and to the world all around.
    .................step by step superb poetic expression; undoubtedly superb poem

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  • Adeeb AlfatehAdeeb Alfateh (6/9/2019 12:38:00 AM)

    IT'S BEAUTIFUL-
    You know Neera,
    that the white pigeons that fly in the evening sky,
    even they are obscured by darkness! // GREAT 10+++++++++++++++++++++++

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  • Anil Kumar PandaAnil Kumar Panda (3/11/2018 9:47:00 AM)

    Excellent poetry. Gripping and don't like it should end. Very nice.

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  • Ajoshberry (3/11/2018 8:27:00 AM)

    It's only the misery of man
    that stretches beyond his lifetime.

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  • Jeannette HeywoodJeannette Heywood (3/11/2018 4:36:00 AM)

    Simply beautiful and tender. Thank you Sunil for this translation.

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  • Bernard F. AsuncionBernard F. Asuncion (3/11/2018 1:33:00 AM)

    Such a splendid poem by Sheila Sengupta, as translated by Sunil Gangopadhyay👍👍👍

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  • Nudershada CabanesNudershada Cabanes (3/11/2018 12:43:00 AM)

    A beautiful poem of love. Neera whoever she maybe must be an inspiration in the writing of this tender poem that expressed the longing the uncertainty of the persona in the poem.
    Excellently penned

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  • Edward Kofi LouisEdward Kofi Louis (3/11/2018 12:09:00 AM)

    At that moment! ! Thanks for sharing this poem with us.

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  • Amar AgarwalaAmar Agarwala (3/11/2017 6:34:00 PM)

    Reading Sunil Gangopadhyay's poem for the first time and am stunned by its sublime beauty. I thank the translator Sheila Sengupta, for some wonderful work.

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