A Bollywood Song In Transcreation

Poem By Sunil Uniyal

(Mere man ye bataa de tu, from the Hindi Film 'Kabhi Alvida Na Kehna') ~

O my heart just tell me
whither you go
what have you sought
what have you got
where does all your yearning flow?

That which is Unsaid
that which is Unheard
that Secret to me disclose
Friend tell me what the Self within sings
can His song remain hidden from the world?

On the path of your life
in the city of His Love
the moment He's revealed to your eyes
you think you ask
is He the One you longed to meet
Is he, is He, is He really?
He is the River to your thirst
that ought to be clear to you first.

O friend the Way is before you
you think to go or not to go
why are your feet tied to chains-
this life's a dance- when this you know?

O fool dance to the tune of His Love
why you bother about your stole
if it flies let it go
you can't be thirsty while the River flows.
Dance madly to the beats of His Drum,
why do you suffer agony or pain
when He's within why complain?

He is the Whole you are His part
that which is Unsaid
that which is Unheard
that Secret is yours, O my heart!

Comments about A Bollywood Song In Transcreation

Interesting indeed. Eastern poetry has a different flavour to Western poetry, it seems more passionate.

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