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Anup Maharatna : From ‘The Last Writings’



Veiled Woman. Image courtesy - NGMA, New Delhi




(Original in Bengali by Tagore – ‘Seshlekha
Translated by Anup Maharatna)


No.-11, 13th May 1941

I awake 
At the bank of the river Rupnaryan, 
Come to know the very world 
It is not a dream. 
I see myself,
Imprinted on blooded syllables. 
Grown enough to learn myself 
Through shocks after shocks 
With pains within pains;
That truth is tougher, 
I love tougher one. 
It has never deceived me 
A Life until death is full of meditation 
Over sorrows, 
To gain supreme prices of truth,
Required to repay all debts over death. 


No.-13, 27TH July 1941

The sun of very first day
Asked 
At the first sight of living existence -
Who are you? 
The answer remains obscure.
Years after years have passed 
The last setting sun at the end of the day 
A last question uttered at western seashore, 
In an unmoved evening - 
Who are thou? 
The answer is cloaked in mystery.


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