A Strange Boy
An innocent boy leaving the lap of mother
opened his fearful eyes in the war-trodden world
and asked in a depressed voice, 'Where have I come? '
I told him the name of the earth.
The boy looked at the corners of the earth
and with wonder and pain, seeing the towns and paths
full of corpses and heart-rending bloods
'Will you tell me how man lives in this hell? '
I said to him, 'Oh, it's a shame!
Where is man in this hell?
Translated from Bangla by Nazib Wadood
Un niño extraño
Un niño inocente ...
Ever A Heart
My Existence said to me,
'The tongue is so vulgar-
day and night it chatters untiring.
Is there any way to silence it? '
I said, 'Why, keep a pebble into your mouth.'
After few days, the Existence once again said to me,
'The tongue has been silent. Now is there
any way to silence the heart? '