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Florida - Poem by Elizabeth Bishop

The state with the prettiest name,
the state that floats in brackish water,
held together by mangrave roots
that bear while living oysters in clusters,
and when dead strew white swamps with skeletons,
dotted as if bombarded, with green hummocks
like ancient cannon-balls sprouting grass.
The state full of long S-shaped birds, blue and white,
and unseen hysterical birds who rush up the scale
every time in a tantrum.
Tanagers embarrassed by their flashiness,
and pelicans whose delight it is to clown;
who coast for fun on the strong tidal currents
in and out among the mangrove islands
and stand on the sand-bars drying their damp gold wings
on sun-lit evenings.
Enormous turtles, helpless and mild,
die and leave their barnacled shells on the beaches,
and their large white skulls with round eye-sockets
twice the size of a man's.
The palm trees clatter in the stiff breeze
like the bills of the pelicans. The tropical rain comes down
to freshen the tide-looped strings of fading shells:
Job's Tear, the Chinese Alphabet, the scarce Junonia,
parti-colored pectins and Ladies' Ears,
arranged as on a gray rag of rotted calico,
the buried Indian Princess's skirt;
with these the monotonous, endless, sagging coast-line
is delicately ornamented.

Thirty or more buzzards are drifting down, down, down,
over something they have spotted in the swamp,
in circles like stirred-up flakes of sediment
sinking through water.
Smoke from woods-fires filters fine blue solvents.
On stumps and dead trees the charring is like black velvet.
The mosquitoes
go hunting to the tune of their ferocious obbligatos.
After dark, the fireflies map the heavens in the marsh
until the moon rises.
Cold white, not bright, the moonlight is coarse-meshed,
and the careless, corrupt state is all black specks
too far apart, and ugly whites; the poorest
post-card of itself.
After dark, the pools seem to have slipped away.
The alligator, who has five distinct calls:
friendliness, love, mating, war, and a warning--
whimpers and speaks in the throat
of the Indian Princess.
Elizabeth Bishop

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""""""Bura Na Manu Tou Ik Baat kahaon"""""

Rafta Rafta Hum Tum Bin Mar Jaen gay"""""

A cicada shell;
it sang itself
utterly away.


Translated by R.H. Blyth
Matsuo Basho

Lay down
Let's explore this tenderness between us
There ain't no one around at all to see us
A

Wo Rooth jati hi aksar Shikwa kiye begair,
Hm be to seh jate hain Shikayat kiye begair,

Hm Socht

Meri uljhanon ka sabab kahin

Teri zulf e pareshan to nahi

Nazar ke samne rehna nazar nahin aana,

Tere

Down the blue mountain in the evening,
Moonlight was my homeward escort.
Looking back, I saw my

to un ki yaad bhi aati nahin,
Kitni tanha ho gayin tanhaayiyan..

Torr lenge hr ik shai se rishta torr dene ki naubat to aye,
Hum qayamat ke khud muntazir hain pr ki

The rattling ‘donkey’ ceases,
The bell says we must part,
You long slab of good-nature,
And p

Close-mouthed you sat five thousand years and never let out a whisper.
Processions came by, marche

Malal Hai Magar Itna Malal Thorhi Hai
Ye Aankh Rone Ki Shiddat Se Laal Thori Hai

Bus Apne Wastey

Kabhi aisa bhi hota Hai keh ______

Skoon k liye dawa ki nahin kisi k lafzon ki zrort hoti Hai !!

washed-up, on shore, the old yellow notebook
out again
I write from the bed
as I did last
year.

Kisi Ki Aankh Pur-Num Hai Mohabbat Ho Gai Hogi
Zaban Par Qissa-e-Gham Hai Mohabbat Ho Gai Hogi

K

I won’t come
I won’t go
I won’t live
I won’t die

I’ll keep uttering
The name
And l

Kabhi Khamosh Betho Ge Kabhi Kuch Gungunao Ge
Main Utna Yad Aunga Mujhe Jitna Bhulao Ge

Koi Jab

Hazaron Khawab Aankhon Me

Saja Kar Kuch Nahi Milta...

Rahe ga ishq tera khaak mein mila ke mujhe,
Ke ibtidaa mein huye ranj intihaa ke mujhe,
Diye hain

Tumhe Iss Baat Pe hai Herat K Toota Hai Hamara Dil, ,
Muqabil Jab Hon Pathar To Sheeshay Toot Hi Ja

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