Smile in the Face of a Stone The bright green of the hills and mountains Was once under the control Of the forest alone. Stone faces were smiling Pictures were seen in their eyes. We cried out And we heard The raging storm of the sky and the wind Streams and rivers overflowed Trees and the brushwood sang. Smile in the face of the stone Boat of the body,the body's companion Can one stay away from the other Land and water? The stone smiles taking into itself Happiness and sorrows Of a hundred years.
Flowers Know When to Blossom Forth Flowers Know When to blossom forth. The child knows How to laugh in joy And to cry in pain. With lips and hands It measures love In the mother's breast. We are helpless poets Digging day and night Into the heart of time To see flowers bloom and drop off. Many people donot know What the flowers know The time to bloom. Yet many others donot know For what sorrows The jasmine blooms and drops During the night.
Translated by Ananda Bormudoi
Biren Gogoi is a contemporary Assamese poet based in Dibrugarh. He has five collections of poems to his credit.