Monday, September 19, 2011

Night of Love-by Ghananand

Sun ri sajni rajni ki katha. in nain-chakoran jyaum bitai.
Mukh-chand sujan sajivan ko lakhi paerii bhai kachhu riti nai.
Abhilasani aturtai ghata tab hi Ghananamd aani chhai.
Su bihaati na jaani pari bhram ki kab hvai bisvasini biti gai.

What She Said to Her Girlfriend

I will tell you how the chakors*
which are like my eyes,
spent the night:
on seeing the moon-like face of my lover,
desire caused the cloud of anxiety
to spread before them,
because of which
they did not know
when the night ended:
for separation
made this treacherous night
seem very short.

Chakor - A bird enamoured of the moon

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Her Promises to Come Were Empty Words

Her Promises to Come Were Empty Words
Li Shangyin

Come be empty word go without trace
Moon slant tower on fifth watch bell
Dream be far part call hard call
Write reason hurry achieve ink not thick
Candle shine half cover gold emerald
Musk vapour tiny degree embroider lotus
Liu young already regret Peng shan far
More separate Peng shan ten thousand times
Her promises to come were empty words, she's gone without a trace,
The moon is slanting on the tower as I hear the fifth watch bell.
In my dream we were far apart, I found it hard to call,
Hurriedly I try to write, but find the ink too thin.
The candle's radiance covers half the gold and emerald bed,
A tiny hint of musky scent remains on embroidered lotus.
Young Liu already regretted that Pengshan hill lay far away,
We two are separated by ten thousand Pengshan hills.