Translated from the Bengali by Nilanjan Chattopadhyay
At the Restaurant
Sitting close to an ardent – Philologist
Presently afternoon wears away, slowly.
Remembering the embrace-
Remembering a tranquil smiling face.
Blood polluted with poison, my love
Presently life wears away, slowly.
Oh trees leaves of trees
So many silent stars in the sky
Vast endless sky vast eternity
All living beings
oh water river’s water listen to me
I lived here
My head was a butterfly
Traversing thousand light years by flight
Ghost of this city I was born here
Breathed my last, decomposed, in this very city.