Saturday, September 13, 2008

A Gypsy's Dog

'Thundering clouds and rattling windows remind me of being part of a larger life form than my own'



I walk by lanes and highways alike,
Following my master's hike.
Days are jolly and quite a delight,
Under the stars we halt for the night,
Awaiting a new story, awaiting twilight.

Criss-crossing across the country,
Fly by faces of great variety,
Some sole,
Some socializing to shroud their whole.
Some jay walking happy feet,
Some mourning their own defeat.
Its difficult to look at faces so tall,
Amazingly, the dancing feet give it all.

With life like of an indulgent hermit,
And mules for a company,
The barking street dogs do not bother me.


-A Gypsy's Dog
(c) Hershal Pandya.

Debut Couplets in Gujarati

Megha ni raah ma varsaad na be chhanta,
Gulab ni paankhdi ne saachavta kaanta,
Ekalti chaal ma pakshi na geet,
Aasha na hoy tyan thi sneh ane preet.
Saghda anubhavo ni jem laad aape,
Aapni yaad ne aapna geet.
(c) Hershal Pandya.


Aladdin nu kalin ne nrutyangana nagin,
Sivaji ni top ne treeji aankh no prakop,
Vichaar bhramand maa bhatkaay
Ane mann tya achkaay...
Ke maari katha nu mulya ketlu?
(c) Hershal Pandya.


Transcreation:
Aladdin's carpet, wordsworth's daffodils,
Snake charmers and Achilles' heel...
They morph my perception with such spontaneity,
Makes me pause and wonder
Upon the worth of my stories.
(c) Hershal Pandya.