Theme: Abstract

Dalit Mirror

-Manohar Mouli Biswas
Translated from Bangla by  Dr Jaydeep Sarangi

Take a small part of me and scatter everywhere
Invisible  self, I will touch all five senses.
No more rejection from your quarter--why?
You will witness
How I shall become human blood.
I’m no longer, where I live,
Evolving every moment.
I construct me to make myself a human being.
I try to write, writing beguiles me
I speak, what I can’t.
So many things remain under the cover.
I destroy and preserve my heart
Day and night
With a little palpation of the untouchable dust.

-Manohar Mouli Biswas
Translated from Bangla by  Dr Jaydeep Sarangi

In the flesh alive of my body
The worms eat up.
Why does the cancer spread in streets of the whole body?
Red flag is thirst for blood;
A rose of revolt.
All my decaying cells
Restore the spirit I have
To live as rails of protest.

(Manohar Mouli Biswas is the General Secretary, Bangla Dalit Sahitya Sanstha. Born in 1943 in a remote village, his was first-generation education in very ordinary Bengali Medium village school. He has authored a dozen books—book of poems-3, short story-1, book of essays such as Dalit Sahityer Digboloy, Vinnochokhe Prabandhamala, Yuktivadi Bharatbarsha : Ekti Aitijyer Sandhan, Dalit Sahityer Ruprekha. Shatobarsher Bangla Dalit Sahitya is his last book published in 2010. Prior to that his selected poems have been translated into English with the title: ‘Poetic Rendering As Yet Unborn’. He has taken part in different national seminars. He is one of the leading dalit voices from Bengal.)


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Comments on this Poem

Comment extremely good...excellent translation..the words speak for themselves..

Riya mukherjee
25-Nov-2013 04:41 AM

Comment These lines remind me of Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak's "Can the Subaltern Speak?".Yes they spoke and through your beautiful and brilliant translation they shine...excellent work sir..i am highly inspired

26-Feb-2013 08:37 AM

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