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Harinera Cat
written by Jibanananda Das 1942
Sudarshana
From Banalata Sen (1942)


All day long
I hail a cat in shine, shades of brown leaves.
He is just up from a few bones of fish.
And then has will of this earth.
Like a hushed bee.
Is again a cat clawing the barks of krishnachura.
Moves in the sun's wake.
He gleams upon me.
He is gone.
Autumn twilight.
I see his white paws disembark
Like love in and out on the mildewed sun—
Hauling in balls of Darkness.
And make it a world of night.


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