By Mahim Bora
Fish -- golden silvery, blue violet Lustre of luminous diamonds Fish in millions Coloured-yearnings Razor-slitting pace splitting the sea into halves O' irresistible! With the flying fins Shrouding even the sea's wide expanse Thwarting the waves that kiss the summits O' eternal, coloured-yearning Creation's first offspring Fish-- golden silvery, blue violet Hued by birth, hued by colours And by innumerable deaths : In varied fish-traps, nets In the heart of the Ghiladhari*, Yet immortal. O' fish, O' eternal fish!
*Ghiladhari : a tributary of the Brahmaputra.
Translated by Krishna Dulal Barua
Mahim Bora (b. 1924-2016) was a modern Assamese poet, short story writer and novelist.
Krishna Dulal Barua is a prominent translator and writer based in Nagaon, Assam. He received the Katha Award for translation in 2005.