“Sanson ki mala  
pe simruun main 
pi ka naam
(I bead my
beloved’s name on
the garland of
my breaths).”
Though death waits
for us all
as if to give life
significance,
the mantra of your name
ignites a moment’s
infinite caress.

“Apne man ki main 
Jaanuun aur pi ke 
man ki raam 
(I know my own heart
and god knows the heart
of my beloved)
as the rugged wilderness
of my mind
fights for control
of frenzied passions,
fear is in abundance
as madness damns
all reason,
less the gods of logic
allow not
my heart to overflow,
I cast my lot
with misery
if it will allow your memory
to take its toll.

“Sanson ki mala 
pe simruun main 
pi ka naam,”
trance induced
by wisdom induced
by the sound of
the universal tongue,
where words flow
like magic through
a land beyond
Alice’s wonder,
logic is cast aside
to breathe
laughter into
anger’s plunder.

“Apane man ki main 
jaanuun aur pee ke 
man ki raam,”
and as the light
dawns within,
the mind will fight,
hide or run
but sway it can’t
when truth catches hold
of a soul’s need to breathe,
forgoing
reason’s symmetry
we strive solely
to overcome
anything that keeps us
from the memory
that we are one.

 

Lyrics quoted are from Sansuun Ki Mala Pe, originally sung by Meerabai and popularized by Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan

Written for Poets United’s Midweek Motif: In Two or More Languages

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16 Comments

  1. Sreejit, your poem is beautiful and so powerful. I think my favorite part is “and as the light dawns within, the mind will fight, hide or run
    but sway it can’t when truth catches hold of a soul’s need to breathe,”

    It was wonderful to hear Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan sing again. Thanks for also providing the translation to his words.

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  2. Layers here! Cannot read and listen, both are so passionate. Attachment, pure love, intensifies the meaning of finding the most exquisite oneness of all. At least, that is my expectation. Which is another trap to getting beyond wonderland. And yet, paradox may be necessary. I feel immersed in something ancient and new to me.

    to breathe
    laughter into
    anger’s plunder.

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  3. This is a most powerful statement – and your closing lines “we strive solely to overcome anything that keeps us from the memory
    that we are one” is simply amazing. So true. A terrific write, Sreejit! Loved it..

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  4. As always beautiful, I like especially the bit: I cast my lot
    with misery
    if it will allow your memory
    to take its toll.

    That to me is like entrusting to another or that you will somehow sort out, or life will, whatever is going on, but maybe I got that completely wrong, it sounded brave anyway 🙂

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  5. ” ….we strive solely
    to overcome
    anything that keeps us
    from the memory
    that we are one. ”

    Deep and meaningful writing, Sreejit! I enjoyed your use of language…

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  6. ‘Though death waits
    for us all
    as if to give life
    significance,
    the mantra of your name
    ignites a moment’s
    infinite caress.’….the lines are wonderfully composed…each word contains the deepest truth….beautifully done.

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  7. Every stanza leaves me with so much to think about. I especially love the last stanza…”…when truth catches hold of a soul’s need to breathe…”. Where Words Flow Like Magic is a great title, too.

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