In the Heart of the Dark Night In the heart of the dark night Were hung the flowers of light. The sounds of excitement went on and on Smoke thickened the fog. The terrified dog Curled up under the bed Seeking shelter. The meadow beneath the bokul Delivered to me at dawn A dove which had tumbled down During the night. The sounds of the crackers Slept peacefully in his heart.
The Forest Revisited Today Today also the forest revisited This town Turned into the dust wheels of a chariot To recall a memory. It came and left Towards the hill That wrapped round its body A pitched road And turned in its exit The rocky jawbone of the hill. The forest today Was not accompanied By voices of squirrels Woodpeckers and gnats.
Translated by Ananda Bormudoi
Satyajit Gogoi is an Assamese poet based in Duliajan. He has one collection of poems to his credit.