Poetry at Sangam

SangamHouse

 










“The sea? Or the ancient python? Circumscribing the earth…” by Joy Goswami

(Translated from the Bengali by Sampurna Chattarji.)

The sea? Or the ancient python? Circumscribing the earth
It sleeps.
In the cavity of its open mouth
Darkness. The ocean roar.
This is the path
All living beings enter unwittingly
On the verge of that forest
You sit with your back against a tree trunk at the moment of
death
Your eyes rest on the glittering eyes of the python
At last
You see it is blind. Its eyes pebbles, shining only
In the light of the moon
You see that roaring current is really
A tongueless note
You see the pit of its mouth
Is limitless blackā€”in which a few stars float