January 22, 2018

Poem: When You Or the World


When You or the World

by Shahinur Islam

When you or the world keeps turning down me

When life denies my happiness deadly,

I enjoy my melancholy with songs

and wallow in silent sorrow that longs

to suck all my pains like sponge,

to take me to the sea of trance to plunge

and lift me from the known to the unknown.

My sorrow then melts into tune alone

with no form like an Indian classic

and makes me a raga that flies birdlike.

I have a musical flight in the sky

sometimes hovering, sometimes soaring high;

no pangs or sorrow can touch me that time

I am above everything in my prime.

O Music! Let me live like this for life

whether it is sorrow, sadness or strife.

For nothing can melt my melancholy

as you do boozily, fiercely, freshly.


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