By Navakanta Barua
For you I go to pick flowers You're among flowers For you I go to sing songs You're among songs So I couldn't pick flowers So I couldn't sing songs I kept sitting Eyes downcast In mute shyness In search of you I entered a temple There I heard only the captive wails As I was looking out for you in my heart You're already out In the sky in the wind in the dust blowing
Translated by Nirendra Nath Thakuria
Navakanta Barua (b.1926-d.2002) was a noted Assamese poet, novelist and translator.
Nirendra Nath Thakuria, retired Associate Professor of English, is a translator.