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.
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
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
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