Varnamala : Contemporary Oriya Poetry

 
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KAMALAKANT LENKA
 

LAMP EXTINGUISHES


How does  
a bird  
when the wings are cleft,  
a child  
when the mother dies,  
a lyric  
when the song is over  
live?  

As with  
the counting  
of waves, night ends;  
the counting of days  
night breaks in,  
likewise  
promises  
life ends!  
life ends.  
  

Translation :
B.K.Das   

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