Poem: Return home
by Jibonanondo Das
When I return to the banks of the Dhansiri, to this Bengal,
Not as a man, perhaps, but as a salik bird or white hawk.
As a dawn crow in this land of autumn's new rice harvest,
I'll float upon the breast of fog one day in the shade of a jackfruit tree.
Or I'll be some young girl's pet duck, ankle bells upon her reddened feet
I'll spend the day floating on duckweed-scented waters.
When again I come, smitten by Bengal's rivers and fields, to this
Green and kindly land, Bengal, moistened by the Jalangi river's waves;
Perhaps I'll watch the buzzards soar on sunset's breeze,
Or listen to a spotted owl screeching from a simul tree branch,
A child scatters puffed rice upon the grass of some home's courtyard.
On the Rupsa river's murky waters a youth perhaps steers his boat
Its torn white sail reddish clouds scud by, and in the darkness,
Coming to their nest, I shall see white herons
Among them all is where you'll find me.
(Translation of one of my my favourite Bengali poems, in memory of the Independence day of Bangladesh tomorrow, December 16th)
Its Christmas in Canada
On the 1st week of christmas elections we have been promised-
The GST cut
The increased child support
And now the tax relief for small businesses
I hope you won't stop there Stevie dear.
How about promises that we could really sink our teeth into, promises that would marvelously hit us over the head and propel our digits towards the
Look here, I've listed some to help you win over the voters demographically most likely to vote Liberal eh? And wWe know how difficult it is for you to ooze cheer. So I've even added a seasonal twist to it to ease the delivery for you.
(Note to readers: Its more fun to sing this part. Come on. Sing with me...just like me...out of tune....)
On the 2nd week of the elections Harpie promised me
Free icecream every thursday
Why thursday? just 'cause
Tax break for makeup purchases
Tax free RRSP withdrawls (or $1000 rebate cheque)
For turning thir-tee
On the 3rd week of elections Harpie promised me
Free chocolates for a week every month
Why? we need it. p-e-r-i-o-d
Window offices across canada
And Tax deductable rentals for high hee-eeels
On the 4th week of elections Harpie promised me
The 'perfect man'
Thats' not Martin
A three year maternity
And a butterscotch candy
(just for showing up at the booths)
You get the idea.
Feel free to add your own ideas for our slanty eyed contestant.
The best entry wins.....a BIG plaque with my picture on it that says ...
in very small writing:
'Most likely to replace Tazzy on A Sunshine Too Brief'
For more (unchanged) info on the all of our contestants that we had already checked out 18 months ago click here