Only for poetry is this life …
My loose translation
Only for Poetry
Sunil Gangopadhyay (translation: mine)
“Only for poetry is this life, only for poetry
Are the games, only for poetry lonely on a frozen night
Walk across the world, only for poetry
Unblinking beautiful face flashes in momentary peace;
Only for poetry you are woman, only
For poetry are all the bloodshed, riverfalls in cloud
Only for poetry, desire to live long.
That, sorrowful existence, humanlike, only for poetry
I have rejected immortality”.