Sipping the Sweet Winter

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With the grace ‘n glow of a delicate ‘n gravid dame would appear
The fine glowing autumn morning, lighting up the Bombay pier

The cool zeal of the living, and the scent of the inanimate, so tender
Both blend in the air, and everyone’s found sipping the sweet winter

Houses lift the heads lightly, from the pillow of dark
Milkmen pick their brass pots on shoulder-rods, and start

For a light breakfast, trees gently breathe the smoke
In the slick, leisurely waves, seagulls pick sunshine with each stroke

Black and white originally, now boasting the new rusty coats
Are still sleepy at the dock, those old foreigner boats

A burned whiff of smoke here, and an essence of hot chai there flows
Elsewhere standing by the tar road, a calm fragrant tuberose

In the belly of this tranquil nature, however, is hidden a tussle
An immense chaos will soon salute the sun with its hustle

Wait a while, until the scent of the inanimate tender
And the cool zeal of the living is left and just a sip of the sweet winter

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Photo by Martin Damboldt 

(Translated from ‘पितात सारे गोड हिवाळा’ by Bal Sitaram Mardhekar)

पितात सारे गोड हिवाळा

न्हालेल्या जणू गर्भवतीच्या, सोज्वळ मोहकतेने बंदर
मुंबापुरीचे उजळीत येई, माघामधली प्रभात सुंदर

सचेतनांचा हुरूप शीतल, अचेतनांचा वास कोवळा
हवेत जाती मिसळून दोन्ही, पितात सारे गोड हिवाळा

डोकी अलगद घरे उचलती, काळोखाच्या उशीवरूनी
पिवळे हंडे भरून गवळी, कावड नेती मान मोडुनी

नितळ न्याहारीस हिरवी झाडे, काळा वायु हळुच घेती
संथ बिलंदर लाटांमधुनी, सागरपक्षी सूर्य वेचती

गंजदार पांढऱ्या नि काळ्या, मिरवीत रंगा अन् नारंगी
धक्क्यावरच्या अजून बोटी, साखरझोपेमधे फिरंगी

कुठे धुराचा जळका परिमल, गरम चहाचा पत्ती गंध
कुठे डांबरी रस्त्यावरचा, भुऱ्या शांततेचा निशिगंध

थांब जरासा वेळ तोवरी, अचेतनांचा वास कोवळा
सचेतनांचा हुरूप शीतल, उरे घोटभर गोड हिवाळा

या सृष्टीच्या निवांत पोटी, परंतु लपली सैरावैरा
अजस्र धांदल क्षणात देईल, जिवंततेचे अर्घ्य भास्करा

– बा. सी. मर्ढेकर


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