THE SPRING HAS SETTLED DOWN ON THE TREES

Original in Assamese: Ranjit Gogoi
Translation: Dr Sambhu Nath Chakravarty


The Yellow leaves have fallen off.
The denuded trees have suspended the afternoon sun
from their branches;
Flocks of birds flying back to their nests
leave the spring glowing on their beaks.

The days on which shrieks of glee came floating
in the air from some desolate village
now have died down.

What unknown force snatched away the joyous days
leaving our minds dejected
we know not.
There are flames burning in the eyes.

The spring has settled down on the branches of the tres.
The verdurous leaves, as it were, melted down
to flow from the eyes to the heart.

What would you like to ask, and to whom?

The split plantain leaves lashed by strong winds
have left the paper-boats tossed up and down
in the sky  of the mind;

A flock of birds are chirping in joy
while playing with a descending sun beyond
a sailing boat.

The ruddy spring has turned fashionable
sowing grey clouds over the sky.

Clouds of dust have risen up above the village roads.
and it seems the spring has already settled down
on the colonies of birds.



About the author: Honoured 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, editorand 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.

He is specialist in designing book’s cover and already designed more than 900 books.

He is Editor of ‘SABDA’, a bi-lingual magazine of English and Assamese poem and ‘ADDA’, a monthly youth magazine. He is Ex-Editor of Jorhat Kabi Sanmilan, Member of Jorhat Fine Art Society, Life Member of Mising Agom Kebang and All Assam Poet Association.


Hails from the village Darikial, Nakachari, Jorhat district of Assam, Shri Ranjit Gogoi, a Master in Assamese literature, also holds a mind in sports particularly in martial artts. He is qualified Black Belt 1st DAN (Samurai Karate) and Red Belt – TAE KWON DO.


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