A Guitar of Light
Someone has, as it were, thrown away a dark net
and the town has become a trout in the net;
no morning, as it were, has ever approached here,
the town has submerged in overflowing darkness.
The town is, as it were, the island of a fairy tale.
I wonder who are, like the giants, snatching away
the ornament on the forehead of a teen girl
and devouring then the bone-marrow in rapture.
I wonder who, by tearing up the civilization,
are eating up finally its bones and flesh.
Hadn't ever a single monk or saint come
amidst this darkness here?
If it's so, you, o poet, take up the charge
and play the guitar of light in the darkness.
[Translation of Bangla poem 'Alor Guitar' taken from the poet's first book 'Pronoyer Prothom Pap' (1996) ]
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