Sunil Gangopadhyay

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

Ephemeral - Poem by Sunil Gangopadhyay

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]

Comments about Ephemeral by Sunil Gangopadhyay

  • Muzahidul Reza (3/12/2017 12:12:00 AM)

    Neera, sometimes, it seems
    you are more distant
    than even the day I was born.
    You walk alone - excellent piece of poetry
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  • Amar 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. (Report) Reply

  • Edward Kofi Louis (3/11/2017 9:32:00 AM)

    Meet the horizon! Thanks for sharing. (Report) Reply

  • Pranab K Chakraborty (3/11/2017 6:26:00 AM)

    Thank you to Shiela Sengupta for such lucid translation. A poet who loved Kolkata by his heart. By birth he is from Bangladesh but Kolkata gave him the real birth as a poet when they shifted from Bangladesh to Bengal in India. Once Neera became the myth of love to the bengali youth. (Report) Reply

  • Tom Allport (3/11/2017 3:23:00 AM)

    a poem with a message and a warning? to man to be kind! (Report) Reply

  • Bernard F. Asuncion (3/11/2017 1:12:00 AM)

    Beyond his lifetime..... thanks for sharing..... (Report) Reply

  • Sayeed Abubakar (10/24/2012 3:12:00 AM)

    Sunil is no more. He died on October 23,2012 at Kolkata. He was undoubtedly a great poet. (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Poem Edited: Tuesday, March 20, 2012

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