Three poems by Raghubir Sharma

20 August 2019
Author :  

Raghubir Sharma is an Indian poet, translator and editor. He writes both in Hindi and English. He has 5 published books to his credit along with a number of poems and articles published in Hindi and English. His magnum opus in translation is the Hindi translation of “Far From The Madding Crowd” which is one of the famous novels of Thomas Hardy. Currently, he serves as a Cultural Attache to Embassy of India in Kathmandu.

 

 

I and You

 

I think

What I think

Because of

My upbringing

My culture

My environment

My religion.

 

Your beliefs

Are deeply held by you

Because of

Your upbringing

Your culture

Your environment

Your religion.

 

My vision of truth

Is mine alone

My vision of reality

Is mine alone.

 

You are not to be blamed

For your vision of truth

For your vision of reality.

 

Your interpretation of reality

Your behavior and motivations

May be different from mine.

 

Let us

Not be beguiled by our interpretation of truth

And be happily together

To work in tandem

To make this world

A better place to live in.

 

 

In Memoriam (For Oscar Alberto Martinez Ramirez and his daughter Valeria)

 

All the world’s a stage,

And all the men and women merely players;

They have their exits and their entrances;

So said Shakespeare.

 

All of us would play our roles

And leave this world

Sooner or later

But nobody wanted

You and your daughter

To leave the world

The way you did.

  

The father and daughter

Lying face down

In the muddy water

Along the banks of Rio Grande

On the Mexico-US Border

Valeria’s tiny hand tucked inside

Your T-shirt

Her arm draped over your neck.

 

Is this the world order

That we have created after centuries of development?

 A world order

Where a father like you\

In search of a better life

Has to face a tragedy like this.

  

We were gifted with this planet earth

And we made a world here

 Full of borders/boundaries

And our eccentricities

Making the life miserable

For those like you.

 

But I do believe

Deep down in my heart

There will come a day

When we shall overcome

And make this world

A better place to live in and thrive

For all.

 

 Forgive us

 Till then,

 Dear Oscar Alberto Martinez Ramirez

 And Little Valeria*

 

*The bodies of 25 year old Oscar Alberto Martinez Ramirez and his 23-month-old daughter Valeria were found on the banks of the Rio Grande on the US border when they were trying to flee a horrible economic situation back at home in Mexico. Ms. Avalos, the wife of Oscar Alberto Martinez Ramirez and mother of Valeria, survived the tragedy who was also with them. Their iconic photograph by journalist Julia Le Duc galvanised public attention to the acute suffering of individual refugees and migrants.

 

 

It is OK

 

Every one

Wants

To excel

To be

In the forefront of life.

 

Some are

Designed in such a way

They are left behind

To live an ordinary life.

 

To be ordinary

Is no less desirable

Than to be extraordinary

 

God loves

Ordinary men and women

No less

That is why

He has created so many of them

Around us.

 

It is OK

To be ordinary

My son.

944 Views
Literary Editor

লেখা পাঠাবার নিয়ম

মৌলিক লেখা হতে হবে।

নির্ভুল বানান ও ইউনিকোড বাংলায় টাইপকৃত হতে হবে।

অনুবাদ এর ক্ষেত্রে মুল লেখকের নাম ও সংক্ষিপ্ত লেখক পরিচিতি দিতে হবে।

আরো দিতে পারেন

লেখকের ছবি।

সংক্ষিপ্ত লেখক পরিচিতি।

বিষয় বস্তুর সাথে সামঞ্জস্যপূর্ণ অঙ্কন চিত্র বা ছবি। 

সম্পাদক | Editor

তারিক সামিন

Tareq Samin

This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

লেখা পাঠাবার জন্য

ইমেইল:

This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

We use cookies to improve our website. Cookies used for the essential operation of this site have already been set. For more information visit our Cookie policy. I accept cookies from this site. Agree