Farewell to Readers

Ajit Barua

I've to finish writing
Before my departure
About certain issues through some other issues
About certain issues
Through the artifice of presenting some other issues
Before my heart stiffens
Before the moss of amnesia enters my mind
I've to finish writing
Before my departure. Because
Therein I see the one who keeps beckoning me
Where the Brahmaputra river meets the sky
Turning into a whitened hue, turning into the thunder of clouds
Turning into the stillness after a storm
In the extreme west where a flock of crows freezes in flight 

I'm not prepared. I haven't
Brought the map of Kamrup with me
If summoned for an explanation, I've no deposition to show
(In the middle of the Dwaipayan lake, boundary-stakes are fixed during moments of weakness : 
Why, after being acquainted with my creed, I remain
Aloof from it !)
Before my last breath I seek
To write about my apathy for truth
(Supreme truth is perceived only in absoluteness)

Translated by Krishna Dulal Barua

Ajit Barua was a modern Assamese poet, novelist, essayist and translator.

Krishna Dulal Barua is a prominent translator and writer based in Nagaon, Assam. He received the Katha Award for translation in 2005.

Click here for the original Assamese poem.

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