The Son of Ramgaroo English Abol Tabol Poem of Sukumar Roy


The Son of Ramgaroo English Abol Tabol Poem of Sukumar Roy
The Son of Ramgaroo English Abol Tabol Poem of Sukumar Roy
THE SONS OF RAMGAROO 
 By Sukumar Roy (English Translation by Satyajit Ray)

   To the sons of Ramgaroo  
Laughter is taboo 
A funny tale will make them wail:  
   “We're not amused, boo - hoo!” 

   They live in constant fear 
   Of chuckles far and near 
   And start and bound at every sound  
       That brings a breath of cheer. 

   Their peace of mind forfeiting 
   They sit and keep repeating:  
"We believe in only grieving; 
   Happiness is fleeting." 

   They shun the summer breeze  
   That whispers through the trees 
For fear the stir of leaf and bur   
   Their funny bones should tease. 

   They keep a wary eye 
   On the autumn sky 
For signs of mirth above the earth 
    In foaming cumuli. 

   The darkness of the night  
   Brings them no respite  
As fireflies extemporise 
 Their dances of delight. 

   Those of you who are jolly  
   And feel to woe is folly  
Must not refuse the Ramgaroos 
 Their right to melancholy. 

   The Ramgaroosian lair  
   Bereft of sun and air  
Is doomed to be a monastery    
   Of permanent despair.
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