Jibanananda Das
Ah Kite by Jibanananda Das

Ah Kite by Jibanananda Das

Ah kite, golden-winged kite, don’t cry any more this noon of moist clouds, as you hover around the Dhanshniri riverYour whimper reminds of her eyes dim as pale cane-fruit! A ...

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Banalata Sen by Jibanananda Das

Banalata Sen by Jibanananda Das

It has been a thousand years since I started trekking the earthA huge travel in night’s darkness from the Ceylonese waters to the Malayan seaI have been there too: the fading ...

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To Her Steady Lover by Jibanananda Das

To Her Steady Lover by Jibanananda Das

There is no meaning in living—I don't say this.There is meaning for some, may be for all—may be a perfect meaning.Yet I hear the white sound of wind-driven birds In the water of ...

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Subinoy Mustafi by Jibanananda Das

Subinoy Mustafi by Jibanananda Das

This autumn night the tale of Subinoy Mustafi crosses my mind.This all-knowing young man had the amazing power of making the cat and the mouse held between its jaws laugh all at ...

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Day-Break And Six Bombers: 1942 by Jibanananda Das

Day-Break And Six Bombers: 1942 by Jibanananda Das

I discern a few birds somewhere outside on grass, dew drops dry-up in the sun raysa few people—around their corn-field, lonely like human beingsIn anticipation of heavenly ...

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Tonight by Jibanananda Das

Tonight by Jibanananda Das

Had you been around tonight we could talk; —a world of Hijal Shirish stars grass breeze all surround.But all our thoughts feeling emotions are filteredthrough reasons and logic, ...

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One Day Eight Years Ago by Jibanananda Das

One Day Eight Years Ago by Jibanananda Das

It was heard: to the post-mortem cellhe had been taken; last night—in the darkness of Falgoon-nightWhen the five-night-old moon went down—he was longing for death.His wife lay ...

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Septet by Jibanananda Das

Septet by Jibanananda Das

Here lies Sarojini; I don't know if she is lying here! Enough she had slept; -then one day she left for a far - away cloud.Has Sarojini travelled that far, where - darkness over - ...

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Dispassionate! by Jibanananda Das

Dispassionate! by Jibanananda Das

There happens to be a port for light-skinned gals on the shore of Malay Sea.Seen many a sea all across the globe; been through Kuala Lumpur, Java,Sumatra, Indochina, and Bali ...

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If I Got An Eternal Life by Jibanananda Das

If I Got An Eternal Life by Jibanananda Das

If I got an eternal life - and then alone go on walking the paths of the world: I shall see green grassesspring up and yellow leaves dropp off - watch the skyclearing as it dawns ...

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Ghostly by Jibanananda Das

Ghostly by Jibanananda Das

Once in a starry night sprawling on the cloud's edgeIt occurred: am I a soul—or merely a ghostly spirit? Under the moonlight of a desolate sea I discernWhite bones of the wind ...

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The Cat by Jibanananda Das

The Cat by Jibanananda Das

All day I inevitably encounter a cat here and thereIn the shadow of trees or out in the sun, around the pile of fallen leaves; I catch sight of him, deeply engrossed like a bee, ...

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I Have Seen Bengal’s Face by Jibanananda Das

I Have Seen Bengal’s Face by Jibanananda Das

I have seen Bengal’s face, that is why I do not seekBeauty of the earth any more: I wake up in the darkAnd see the dawn’s magpie-robin perched under the parasol-like huge leafOf ...

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Go Where You Will by Jibanananda Das

Go Where You Will by Jibanananda Das

Go where you will – I shall remain on Bengal’s shoreShall see jackfruit leaves dropping in the dawn’s breeze;Shall see the brown wings of shalik chill in the evening,Its yellow ...

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The Song Of Life by Jibanananda Das

The Song Of Life by Jibanananda Das

Lying upon the stretcher perhaps fog clogs your eyesDon't worry, death is not another unjust light; How come then so many people embrace death, craving a torch like flying ants? ...

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Wristwatch by Jibanananda Das

Wristwatch by Jibanananda Das

Tonight, from all sides, many a cloud becoming chillyby the grudge of fusillade from a cannon.They wait at the foothill. Some of them sportingwatch on their wrist. The hands of ...

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On City Sidewalks by Jibanananda Das

On City Sidewalks by Jibanananda Das

It is late — so very late at night.From one Calcutta sidewalk to another, from sidewalk to sidewalk,As I walk along, my life's blood feels the vapid, venomous touchOf tram tracks ...

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An October Morning by Jibanananda Das

An October Morning by Jibanananda Das

In one October morning,some dewdrops fell on my face and hair.The dewdrops are here throughSarika bird’s courtesy.Three drenched sarika birdsalmost touching an emblica ...

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A Star Converses With One Particular Star All Night Long by Jibanananda Das

A Star Converses With One Particular Star All Night Long by Jibanananda Das

My eyes are sleep-laden,I return home taking with me songs of fallen crops!Everything held secret is gone, — how long a dream lasts?The sunset returned with its rose hue, —it does ...

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Having Done With My Ledger Of Life by Jibanananda Das

Having Done With My Ledger Of Life by Jibanananda Das

Finally, I’m done with the ledger of my life,Miss Banalata Sen!Where have you gone at this odd hour?Kingfisher hasn’t neglected its midday sport,Sarika still returns to the ...

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The Beggar by Jibanananda Das

The Beggar by Jibanananda Das

‘I got a dime at AhiritolaI got a dime at Badur BaganIf I could manage just one moreI would then walk away, no more self-demeaning, ’ —he said, stretching out his hand in ...

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I Remember, I Was There by Jibanananda Das

I Remember, I Was There by Jibanananda Das

I remember I used to be a king of Babylonia You were my slave girl,In the night, the Vesper made the minaret wore a wan _expression In the day, my palace was covered with ...

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A Magpie by Jibanananda Das

A Magpie by Jibanananda Das

At a slightly slothful paceA silent man quietly walks across the meadowsHis autumn passes by mostly propped on two legsWith a mouthful of still shadow of a plough and ox. To his ...

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She by Jibanananda Das

She by Jibanananda Das

Looks light is fading out—wonder is waning all the more.Is the sky blue as it was? The sky is no longer as blue, Neither is there much wonder left in women's eye, Kingfishers ...

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We Both Are Here, Again by Jibanananda Das

We Both Are Here, Again by Jibanananda Das

We both are here, again,in memory of sound bird’s river of light.Thought we both areEgyptian mummies.Slumbering from morn to evening.Sporting ourselves as a morning breeze,swaying ...

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The Great Twilight by Jibanananda Das

The Great Twilight by Jibanananda Das

The wheel-cart idly rolls laden with golden straw—the late-noon sunshine fadesThe birds: black, blue and brown—flap their wings in the cellar of the corn fieldWhite path dust ...

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In The Black-Out by Jibanananda Das

In The Black-Out by Jibanananda Das

Once to the stars - once to the fieldsI cast my winkless eyes.The scent of paddy disappeared from life when who knows; Like the meadows laden with haystacks here and thereQuietly; ...

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Along The Tram Line by Jibanananda Das

Along The Tram Line by Jibanananda Das

I walk along the tram line: night now deep I hear the teasing of some life of the past: ‘You are like a broken tram—there is no depot, you don’t need wageAlas, when has this ...

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Windy Night by Jibanananda Das

Windy Night by Jibanananda Das

Last night it was an intensely windy night— a night of countless stars; An expansive wind played around my mosquito net; At times billowing it like the belly of a monsoon sea, At ...

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