Sadness! A poem by Hiren Bhattacharjya

Sadness! Hiren Bhattacharjya wrote this poem

Dibya R S Khataniar

Famous Assamese poet Hiren Bhattacharjya (1932–2012) passed away on this day ten years ago. Although the myth of this man is still alive, few attempts have been made to evaluate his poetical talents.

Maybe the younger generation would rather see him as a lyricist, than as poet. He is best known for his work as a poet in Bengal, which is not far from where he was born. Not only did he translate many of his poems to Bengali, but he also wrote several original poems in Bengali.

After Prof Pradip Acharyya’s translations were published in two books, there has hardly been any sustained attempt at translating Hiren Bhattacharjya into English. The following poem was translated to show respect and gratitude for Hiren Bhattacharjya on his 10th birthday.

The words of the poem could have been used by him today to comfort his many readers/fans who mourn his loss. The poem shows sadness as a personified form. This poetry is very rare.

Sadness!

Sadness!

Trust me.

Don’t keep sitting

So glumly.

My mind is overwhelmed by sullenness.

Take a look up

Let me help you to let go of your grief through tears

How to get there

Morning dew washes away the roses.

Published on the occasion of the poet’s 10th death anniversary today.