I will meet you yet again – Amrita Pritam

By sheer accident, a reader sent this translation of Amrita Pritam’s (perhaps the last) poem. I have used bits of it in the obituary that I wrote in 2005.

Yet again, I was mesmerised by the passion and force of Amrita’s poetry. Even though this is a translation, it renders the mood rather well –

Mein tainu pher milan gi (I will meet you yet again)

I will meet you yet again
How and where? I know not.
Perhaps I will become a
figment of your imagination
and maybe, spreading myself
in a mysterious line
on your canvas,
I will keep gazing at you.

Perhaps I will become a ray
of sunshine, to be
embraced by your colours.
I will paint myself on your canvas
I know not how and where –
but I will meet you for sure.

Maybe I will turn into a spring,
and rub the foaming
drops of water on your body,
and rest my coolness on
your burning chest.
I know nothing else
but that this life
will walk along with me.

When the body perishes,
all perishes;
but the threads of memory
are woven with enduring specks.
I will pick these particles,
weave the threads,
and I will meet you yet again.

—-Amrita Pritam.

Translated by Nirupama Dutt and published in The Little Magazine

Published on May 8, 2007 at 3:00 pm  Comments (10)  

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  1. Amrita Pritam says,”When the body perishes, all perishes;” But yet the Earth and Sun will perish also…should the soul cling to material things? Into the future I ask:
    Dark Sun
    Millions of years festering
    our Sun did die
    a ding in my
    youthful illusion
    of invulnerability
    just when
    we were to be married. I’d

    been born to a frozen death,
    missing you in an abyss:
    exploded gases tore us apart

    In my death,
    without body
    I searched for you
    alone in darkness
    oblivion foreplay.

    I thought you were a super nova
    an obscene sunrise. It seemed that

    only I, a dot, remained
    alone looking for the key
    to find the opening door
    to restless imaginary things
    dancing teasing lights that
    would swing open to a dream
    of glistening dots ordered
    in shooting streams of golden water
    like bubbles up the nose gently,
    dream bump ode to

    pretending again
    to sleep after playing
    that the afterplay was foreplay
    but thought dots seemed
    like black holes
    staying crushed,
    for I was a singularity
    waiting for grief
    to explode, but

    why am I looking to
    haunt an old house long gone
    and every material star

    Yes, I of soul, not flesh
    will look in the dark
    for the true light of heaven
    if you will only signal me

    If you would gather my love like kindle
    and light a campfire in heaven
    I know I could come with marshmallows

  2. What a wonderful piece of writing on Lawrence Garden…I just had the chance to read it today.

  3. beautiful…..I will meet you yet again ….where …..how after reading the poem i ve felt really it is so true.post the original one please Mein tainu phir milan gi

  4. lovely poem … but if sumone can pls provide d orignal one…mea tenu pher milanga and the whole poem… thanx

  5. ‘MEET YOU AGAIN’is a very deep love thought.I liked
    this very much.This poem says that love never leave us that always exist.This dont say forany’specialone’may be our parents,our friends,brothers and etc. that must be lova not a relation only.

  6. Very nice. It is more close when it is read in Hindi.Really good one.

  7. i read it everyday.

  8. Amritaji…..she is great..all d time!

  9. Awesome….i dnt hv words to tell u anything more…

  10. Amrita Pritam is the true combination of ‘amrit’ (honey)and ‘preet'(love)Even the bitter of love seems sweet in her verse

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