Elixir of Life

Blessed are those who
never fought
with their love,
They don’t know
What they lost;

Wretched are those who
let their ego
get to their heads,
They don’t know
what they are
about to lose;

Sweetness of love,
Spiced with bitterness of
truth sometimes,
A few road bumps
on the smooth asphalt
of life,
A wine smooth enough,
Neither too sweet,
Nor too dry,
Is the elixir of life

Free bird caged in a pub

Another poem in a series that I started writing in my mother tongue Axomiya (Assamese) during the pandemic and translating few of them to English from time to time. Hopefully someday I shall be able to compile them in a book or chapbook. Both the English and Axomiya poems are posted below.

A free bird, I roam the blue sky yonder,
O’ doe eyed beauty, you spread your web of love down under,
Seduced, searching for company, hoping for a little love, I was snared,
O’ ye seductress, playful enchantres, in search of a new prey everyday,
Today you must have spread your net in a place far away,
And I, a bird caged, in the confines of an unknown pub somewhere,
Search for hint of freedom in glasses of wine, poured by the bar maid.

পিঞ্জৰাবদ্ধ বন্দী বিহঙ্গম

উৰণীয়া পখিটি মই, মুক্ত মনেৰে কৰোঁ বিচৰণ বিশাল গগনত,
মেলি দিলা ধৰণীত তোমাৰ প্ৰেমৰ মায়াজাল হৰিণী নয়নী,
প্ৰলোভিত ম‌ই সঙ্গসুখৰ, এধানি মৰমৰ আশাত দিলোঁহি ধৰা,
বিলাসিনী তুমি চঞ্চলা মোহিনী, নিতে নৱ চিকাৰ সন্ধানী,
আজি হয়তো তোমাৰ মায়াজাল পাতিছা কোনোবা দূৰণিত,
আৰু বন্দী বিহঙ্গম ম‌ই, আৱদ্ধ কোনো অচিন পানশালাৰ পিঞ্জৰাত,
চাকীয়ে ঢালি দিয়া মদিৰাৰ পিয়লাত বিচাৰোঁ মুক্তিৰ ৰেঙনী।


Answer to a Question without Solution

I wrote this poem in my mother tongue Axomiya (Assamese) yesterday and translated to English today. This poem is part of a series of poems I am writing for last nine months or so in Axomiya and sharing in Facebook from time to time. Not all of them are translated to English yet though I hope to do it someday.

Why did you ask me answer
To a question without one,
I gave you my heart
Without any question,
Alas, you didn’t wait
Even for a moment
For an answer,
Away you went
To a place too far,
The new address,
You didn’t share,
Today I wait forever,
Door to my heart, ajar,
And in the pubs,
As the barmaids pour wine,
In goblets kept filled,
I search for an answer,
To that question without solution,
Of yours.

নিমিলা অঙ্কৰ উত্তৰ

কিয়নো সুধিছিলা বাৰু তুমি
নিমিলা অঙ্কৰ উত্তৰ,
মইতো দিছিলোঁ তোমাক
বিনা প্ৰশ্নই মোৰ অন্তৰ,
নকৰিলা অপেক্ষা তুমি অকণো
পাবলৈ উত্তৰ প্ৰশ্নৰ,
গুচি গ’লা দূৰণিলৈ,
নজনালা নতুন ঠিকনা তোমাৰ,
অপেক্ষা আজি মোৰ চিৰন্তন,
উন্মুক্ত দুৱাৰ হৃদয়ৰ,
আৰু পানশালাত চাকীয়ে
পূৰ্ণ কৰা পিয়লাত মদিৰাৰ,
অহৰহ বিচাৰোঁ মই
তোমাৰ নিমিলা অঙ্কৰ উত্তৰ।

Love is not blind

Those who profess by

Love at first sight,

Are also the ones

Brainwashed by the notion

Love is blind.

Like a fine wine

Mellowed by age,

A taste enhanced,

And value soared,

Love that has withstood

The test of time,

Seen the ebb and flow

Of life,

Good times and the bad,

That’s the love

That thrives.

The wrinkles of time,

Unkind to the beautySkin deep,

Dims the sights,

Enhancing the glow

That burns steadily

Deep down in the heart,


Love is not blind,

Love is not blind.


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