Giri Jharee

गिरिझरी

by Dr Varanasi Ramabrahmam

 

गिरिझरी मम कविताधारा

कदा न भवति शुष्का सा

 

हृदयगिरौ संजाता

प्रवहति धावति

लङ्घयति पतति

जलपातम् भवति

 

अटव्यां सौन्दर्यानां सौन्दर्यं भूत्वा

चलति स्पृशति सा मधुरसरिता

 

न जानाति पदगमननिर्देशनानि

न जानाति शब्दतत्त्वसूत्राणि

अलङ्कारानि आर्भाटनि न विचिन्त्य

संचरति पर्वतसानुषु गिरिकन्या इव

 

पाषाणेषु वेगेण चलन्ती

सृजति गायति श्राव्य गानानि रागानि

 

उदात्तानुदातौ प्लवन्ती

नर्तन्ती विनायासम् मयूरी इव

 

चित्रकाराणाम् तूलिकाङ्चलाः

चित्रितुं न शक्नुवन्ति तस्याः चलनानि गमनानि

 

छन्दोनुगुणेन प्रचलन्त्याः गुरुलघवः

रचयितुं न शक्नुवन्ति तस्याः लाघवानि

 

निर्मलमानसप्रवाहानि मम कविताः

दिव्यहृत्ध्यानगमनानि तस्याः चलनानि

 

नैजगुणम् अत्यक्त्वा

मौनेन संगमति किन्नेरसानि इव

साहितीगोदावरी सलिलेषु

मम कवितागिरिझरी

 

THE HILL-STREAM

The flow of my poesy is a hill-stream

Never will she run dry.

 

Born in the hills of my heart

She rushes, flows

Jumps and plunges,

A waterfall she.

 

A beauty among itinerant beauties

Tangible as she moves,

 

She knows not how to order her steps as she travels

Knows not the intricacies of rules and rhymes. 

Without a care for embellishment, pomp and show,

She roams in the hills and valleys, a mountain girl.

 

Flowing swiftly over stones

She produces musical notes sonorous as if she were singing a raga,

 

Fluttering up and down, high and low,

Like an untrained dancing peacock.

 

The brushes of artists

Cannot depict her darting hither and thither;

Prosody has no relevance

For her marathon runs.

 

Her swift movements do not allow her to settle.

My verse is borne of a plain heart

Absorption in Divinity is the goal of her journey.

Silently she joins the waters of the literary Godavari

Without surrendering her own identity.

Kinnerasani! The hill-stream of my poetry.

 

Poem and translation by Dr Varanasi Ramabrahmam

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