WE COULD DO NOTHING

By Ranjit Gogoi
Translation: Protap Borah


It could be we were laughing a while ago
It could be we were weeping a while ago
It could be a while ago talking earnestly in both ends of the receiver
We were dreams
We were birds. 

Murmuring in talks we were to lose the world
About whom shall we talk and to whom 

Repeatedly have broken down in pain
Your trembling voice is hitting my head
That day you were to leave by the morning bus
I do not have the courage to live without you even today
I may break down
I may turn to ashes 

You tell me tell me,
That living without you is a dream. 

The tears blinking in the corner of your eye
How could you cry out when I had taken these as my own. 

I am activated to ring you up
Stumble in my accounts
As all my five pockets were empty. 

Who had loved me more than self
I would say- ‘One who had hurt me most’
It may be that in each bent of her sleek fingers
My love quivers the weight of the finger
I cannot give pain.
The word of happiness cannot be a whistle. 

The wind can say which stanza of which song
Is written in the letter of sorrow
Have any one loved you
Who can think of you as one dearer than self 

It may be that some times
The mind can be broken to pieces
You may be sprinkled shredded to bits
Unknown becomes the approach to your house 

From everything something is lost
something
something
Blank and becomes blank.


About the authorHonoured with the awards ‘Bhugdoi Paror Sestho Kobi 2009’ and ‘Trihridoi Award 2012’ from Majuli Island, Shri Ranjit Gogoi (born August 2, 1974) is a person of diverse activities. He is at a time a writer, editor and publisher, follower of photography, art and culture, philatelist and sportsperson.

As a writer he has credit of contribution to literature of Assam and many of his beautiful creation have been published in various magazines and newspapers. He has also good hands in translation into English, Hindi, Bengali and Malayalam. Read more




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