Forbidden Moonlight In forbidden moonlight he closed his eyes. Nature said moonlight came As he wished it. The secret relationship with moonlight Intended to nurse back The pale eyes, the thin and wasted body. He has no companion To chew betel nut and gossip And he cannot bar moonlight. The sun is of no use to him He must play with moonlight. The Sunburnt Man Yellow sunshine burnt his back And he has become very lonely. While moving through rubbish He was scratched all over But he never winced. Scorching sun could not make him unfurl an umbrella. He is himself the arrogance Of yellow sunshine. The man has now cried out.
Translated by Dr. Ananda Bormudoi
Intiqabur Rahman is an Assamese poet based in Dibrugarh, Assam. He has two collections of poems to his credit.