Varnamala : Contemporary Oriya Poetry

 
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DILIP DAS
 

THE GRAVE


Beloved,  
set me free...  
to relish freedom  
that is in the grave.  

If life means only pain  
it's not bad,  
if life is only an ominous dream  
not bad  
if life is only a battle.  

In the stream of time  
decimal by decimal  
life devalues into an effect  
a brass coin  
and life means  
the penance of a lifeless mountain  
with uplifted hands  
that touch the limitless sky.  

Then, o beloved,  
is not life suicidal?  
I hate suicide  
but I want freedom.  

Beloved,  
set me free...  
to get such freedom in the grave  
after the fulfilled copulation  
with you  
poised in urdhwapada.  
  

Translation :
Sanat Das Patnaik  

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