A Strange Boy
An innocent boy leaving the lap of mother
opened his fearful eyes in the war-trodden world
and asked in a depressed voice, 'Where have I come? '
I told him the name of the earth.
The boy looked at the corners of the earth
and with wonder and pain, seeing the towns and paths
full of corpses and heart-rending bloods
'Will you tell me how man lives in this hell? '
I said to him, 'Oh, it's a shame!
Where is man in this hell?
Translated from Bangla by Nazib Wadood
Un niño extraño
Un niño inocente ...
the withered leaves stir on trees;
earth seems paradise.
spring-flowers have bloomed-
song-birds make a noise on boughs;
my Beloved nowhere.