By Chandrakumar Agarwala

The flower-bud that bloomed
Wafting fragrant streams of love
        Dropped and withered away.

The honey-sucker of flowers,
A mad bumble-bee
        Just keeps rambling round and round.

Its inebriation of the heart
In flight all around
        Disappeared too with sprinklings.

What ensued after remained unknown
The marks and memories melted away
        Nature only remained as before!

[Translated by Krishna Dulal Barua]

Click here to read the original Assamese poem

Chandrakumar Agarwala (b.1867-d.1938)) was a notable Assamese poet and journalist.

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

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