Did You Hear It Too?

by Mohan Rana

All night long your restlessness
walked the wet streets of Lisbon,
A silent moan
woke me at daybreak.
A bird
was singing in the dawn:
something had woken it up too.

All night long your restlessness,
unable to sleep, walked and peered
with eyes closed
inside me.
A sound broke in the ocean's sigh
amidst the rising waves.
Turning over in the sheets' folds,
did you hear the bird too?


6.4.2002 Sesimbra, Portugal
From Patthar Ho Jaayegii Nadii, Stone-River


The literal translation of this poem was made by Lucy Rosenstein

The final translated version of the poem is by Bernard O'Donoghue


  1. November 28th, 2013 at 12:41 am

    Shubham rana says:

    Thank you Bhai for your poem. 

  2. October 15th, 2013 at 9:53 pm

    Saiya says:

    awesome poem its like real life 

  3. September 30th, 2012 at 5:27 am

    barbie says:

    I want d translation in hindi!

    PTC Response: The Hindi version can be found here