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Cat -- Jibanananda Das

Guest poem sent in by Raghavendra Udupa U
(Poem #662) Cat
 Again and again through the day
 I meet a cat.
 In the tree's shade, in the sun, in the crowding brown leaves.
 After the success of a few fish bones
 Or inside a skeleton of white earth
 I find it, as absorbed in the purring
 Of its heart as a bee.
 Still it sharpens its claws on the gulmohar tree
 And follows the sun all day long.

 Now I see it and then it is gone,
 Losing itself somewhere.
 On the autumn evening I have watched it play,
 Stroking the soft body of the saffron sun
 With a white paw. Then it caught
 The darkness in paws like small balls
 And scattered it all over the earth.
-- Jibanananda Das
Translated by: Lila Ray
[[broken link] http://userpages.umbc.edu/~achatt1/poem/cat.html]

There is a poem titled Cat by Jibanananda Das. I don't know Bangla and hence I
haven't read the original. However, the English translation is beautiful and
the image it creates is mesmerizing. The last four lines are magical, a
wonderful way to end a good poem.

regards,
Raghavendra

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great poem - but there's a typo (the guy is "Jibanananda Das". Better say so
before the bongs start a calcutta bandh ;)

--suresh

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