Perhaps Even Greed

October 10, 2007 at 6:06 am 12 comments

I wrote this poem last night in Bengali, and then I translated it in order to put it up here. I am not satisfied with the translation, so it might (and should) change sometime in the future!

Desire. Perhaps even greed . . . .

to sink in the floating whiteness of cotton-like clouds
and cross the limitless azure sky,
to hold in my bare palms the moon-white pearls
from the depths of fathomless oceans,
to break the dark dreams of sleepless nights
with the warm hope of eastern horizons,
I have
a desire, and perhaps even greed.

The deep foundations of weakness’ broken refuge
are nailed to the corners of numb souls.
To snap the senile strings of senseless love
and walk naked on frozen soils,
to dance to the rhythm of the hermit’s cymbals
in the ephemeral dawns on eternal earth,
I have
a desire, and perhaps even greed.

Why that sadness, those morose eyes, and the splayed ends
of some ancient threads in your wrinkled hands?
Why do the broken walls burn in the bitterness
of your torn thoughts’ broken convulsions?
For what, on the moss-covered slippery dank floor,
do your tears give birth to suicidal wrath?

For what mute, invisible reasons do
you have
a lust, and a stagnating need?

an inert desire, or perhaps even greed?

ยฉ 2007 Ritwik Banerjee

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  • 1. xntricpundits  |  October 10, 2007 at 6:45 am

    Good one..


    Reply: Thanks! ๐Ÿ™‚


  • 2. Ritika  |  October 10, 2007 at 7:41 am

    i guess many ppl r being struck with the realisation of this feeling….

    btw there’s a velvety appeal in ur words…..i realised after reading this one….rest mayb coz of the translation or sumthing else..the poem seems a lil incomplete…or maybe its suppossed to…..

    Reply: The velvety appeal is almost always there in my poems and other writings. Because that shimmer is what I yearn for. I don’t understand what you mean by the incompleteness of this poem. If you can be more precise, I can probably answer why it is so (if it is so).


  • 3. Janice Thomson  |  October 10, 2007 at 7:51 pm

    This touched a chord Ritwik. I think in man’s soul is a deep desire for beauty which translates to love at a higher level. Man always seems to be searching and yearning and yes to a degree which could be termed greed. Our actions, our experiences, our thoughts if carefully analyzed would in the end bring us to the word freedom. To gain that freedom we must know what real beauty is, what real love is. We stop short because we want only to see the absolute ‘good’ in beauty and not it’s other aspect the ‘bad’.
    Just some thoughts I had while reading this.

    Reply: I agree with you Janice. I feel the desire for beauty all the time. My religion, my emotions, my rationale . . . . . everything springs from that single desire. And I must say that this beauty transcends ‘love’ as we normally comprehend it, but is actually a love that points towards an inexplicable union of souls. Let’s just call it, as you yourself say, love at a higher level. And I think I understand what you mean by a notion of ‘good-bad’ in beauty. There is one sentence that expresses my idea of how to overcome this. I always thought it was a stupid way to put it, but then I read Milan Kundera, who puts it as “It was ugly. So ugly that it was beautiful.”


  • 4. sorceress  |  October 10, 2007 at 8:11 pm

    my bestest poet . . . . i love u even more!

    Reply: My bestest inspiration . . . . not as much as I do!


  • 5. harmonie22  |  October 11, 2007 at 7:33 am

    Beautiful poem, Ritwik.

    Reply: Thank you Harmonie! ๐Ÿ™‚


  • 6. Ritika  |  October 11, 2007 at 5:01 pm

    thats what i hadnt realised before…i was almost wondering why i like to read ur words….except the interesting thought…this velvety appeal is its highlight….

    and dat incompleteness was now i realised not of the poem but of the mind…the poem doesnt fill u up…it empties u………to contemplate……

    Reply: That is an interesting thought. I guess you are right. In a certain light, the poem does seem akin to an emptiness.


  • 7. Deepa  |  October 12, 2007 at 3:29 pm

    Enjoyed this one. However, I feel like I should say that for me, the third stanza didn’t quite blend with the first two – perhaps, that was the intention. The first parts spoke to me about being free and immortal but the last part seemed darker in comparison – like I was floating upward until then and all of a sudden, something rudely pulled me back into grim reality.

    Reply: Yes, the third stanza was intentionally darker. It was meant to be a stark reminder as well as a juxtaposition of dream and reality.
    By the by, glad to see you here again! ๐Ÿ™‚


  • 8. Deepa  |  October 12, 2007 at 4:58 pm

    My pleasure, entirely. ๐Ÿ™‚ I’m still debating leaving comments on your _old_ posts simply because I only just got to read them.

    Reply: Go head with your comments my lady! Always glad to read about the readings of my readers!


  • 9. Vipin  |  October 14, 2007 at 10:54 am

    Nice.. poem.. i know the bengali version would be much better … but i dont know much bengali.. but i would still suggest you have the bengali version also posted.

    Reply: Thank you Vipin. I would like to post the original as well, but the problem is that I have not found a font that is uniformly accepted by all browsers. And quite a few of those partly acceepted fonts, too, I could not install on my linux system. ๐Ÿ˜ฆ


  • 10. tuttysan  |  October 15, 2007 at 4:49 am

    I like how you can make the simplest things meaningful with your writing.

    Reply: Thank you! I am glad you liked it! ๐Ÿ™‚


  • 11. antisocialist  |  October 19, 2007 at 8:34 pm

    Yes. I like most of all the ephemeral dawn, the eternal earth, those morose eyes…

    Reply: Thanks Anti-socialist! ๐Ÿ™‚


  • 12. connetta  |  October 21, 2007 at 12:49 pm

    Truly enjoyed my visit to your blog…wonderful poems.

    Reply: Thank you! ๐Ÿ™‚



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