12:00 AM, November 19, 2016 / LAST MODIFIED: 12:00 AM, November 19, 2016


Two pieces of roti or a red earthen plateful

And some morsels of salt like little stars

You didn't want to give me in the quiet distant terrace – 

Therefore this long exile.

My life turned a prey to dreadful beasts

And the barrel of your gun aimed at

Each of my steps.

Crawling like a reptile in the bush

I had to search for a safe and solitary refuge – 

Therefore this long exile.

I couldn't say what I yearned to

My country and its people –

Therefore this exile.

In the sanctity of a bright dawn

Like the eyes of a red cock as if the sun

My discomfited songs

Didn't find the grace yet – 

Therefore this exile.

Our beloved rabbits as white as the river at dawn

Are wounded and killed by the hounds of

The flag bearers of religions and they're doing

Unrestrained business today

Our honor, freedom and our own sky have been sold – 

Therefore this long exile.

Obdurate and blind reactionaries are

Going forward slickly today riding on

The back of progressiveness – 

Towards the dark-loving medieval times replete with

Wails and bloodshed – therefore this exile.

I admit I've seen the yellow shalik birds dancing on

Krishnachura braches during the month of Boishakh

By the waves of the Bay of Bengal I've seen

The moon-shining eyes of ten thousand deer at Hiranpoint

I've seen the agitation of starfish swimming on seawater

I've heard the sound of rain like the kiss of a newly-wed couple

In the drought of Bengal.

There was a time when

My heart was sated with the boundless joy of

Deep friendship and brotherhood

In the walks of Bengal – in rain and shine, at dawn and dusk

And we had never-ending amiable days in our life.

Yet I've seen the hands of aristocratic farmers

Broken down untimely for feebleness

Extended towards the vacuity of civilisation.

I've seen the despondent map of Bengal

In the faces of my friends,

The freedom fighters in the Liberation War

I've seen them silently die

Therefore this long exile

I'm in exile eternally both at home and abroad

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