Oil on Titan

  And did great claws in ancient time slash upon Titan’s pitch-dark hills? And did huge towering lizards roar through Saturn’s moon’s subzero chills?   And did their mighty bones decay and seep through Titan’s frozen soil? Who cares about the reason why that distant moon yields lovely oil?   Bring me my bombs of Yankee gold! Bring me my

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A song by Rajanikanta Sen, translated

This is a very modest attempt in translating a devotional song written by Rajanikanta Sen. If interested, you may listen to the song sung by Krishna Chatterjee by clicking here Bengali কবে তৃষিত এ মরু ছাড়িয়া যাইব তোমারি রসালো নন্দনে কবে তাপীত এ চিত করিব শীতল তোমারি করুনা চন্দনে। কবে তোমাতে হয়ে যাব আমার আমি হারা তোমারি নাম নিতে নয়নে

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To my Unborn Son

  My unborn son, I drill down through the wires that thread my battered brain and ask, “What kind of world will drag you through the fires of earthy human passion?” A world whipped on by trolls whose eyes are screens, who wear a democratic mask, rewiring human hearts into machines devoid of roots and nation. Machines for which a

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