एक हसीं शाम, दो ख़ामोश ज़ुबान….

एक हसीं शाम, दो ख़ामोश ज़ुबान
छत पर गिरती कुछ बारिश के बूंदें
नदी किनारे की वो छोटी
चाय की दुकान

कई सालों बाद आज फिर यहाँ आ गये हैं दोनो
आज फिर यहाँ शोर सिर्फ बूंदों का है
उबलती हुए चाय से आती हुई महक
आज फिर पुराना वक़्त साथ ला रही है

वही बेचैन नज़रें वही हल्की मुस्कान
वही बढ़ी हुई धड़कनें दिल में उठते फिर कई सवाल

बीच में हैं दो काँच के गिलास
और उनसे उभरता, हल्का-सा धुआं
ख़ामोशी में ठहरा हुआ वक़्त
और झुकी पलकों से होतीं कहानियाँ बयान

इसी जगह कभी पहले मिला करते थे वो
चाय से होती थी बातें शुरू
चुस्कियों के बहाने मिला करती थीं नज़रें
दबी मुस्कुराहट से हुई थी ये दोस्ती शुरू

आज भी कुछ वैसी ही शाम है
आज भी हैं बीच में दो चाय के गिलास
आज भी नज़रों से हो रही हैं बातें
आज भी उनके मिलने से ठहरा है वक़्त

                                      -सौनक पाल

Elixir of Life

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A magical liquid,
a golden hue
The small chalice perspires
Like morning flowers dotted with dew

Slowly rising smoke
And a refreshing aroma
Like along the river
Someone playing the viola

Over small sips friends bond
Over small sips blossoms young love
Many stories are shared
with a warm cup in hand
Many memories come back
With its sweet fragrance

It is what brings you and me together
It is the excuse
that makes my evening bright
With small sips I often see you smile
It is the elixir of my life

-Saunak Pal

The Burdened Bridge

135542_1413852121045_239931_o I wait today above the stream alone
Bruised and sullied over gone years
Burdened with time riding on my shoulders
I listen to the changing days with battered ears

I saw you that twilight when she came to meet you
I heard your heart skip a beat
Your eyes shone brightly on seeing her
your hands trembled as your lips met

I met you again one evening
when you walked with a heavy heart
Over my shoulders I felt your tears
I stayed up with you as you wept

I have also seen forest change and villages move
I carried caravans across rivers and borders
I connected lands that stood long divided
I helped cultures and religions cross over

Over my back Civilizations formed
Holding my hand grew cities
Today they say I help radicals cross over
I am the reason why the river bleeds

By breaking me down if this bloodshed stops
then break me down at once
By burning me down if broken hearts mend
then burn down all those bridges

I connect land and connect hearts
I have been doing that for ages

To Love or Hate is all up to you

You have made WARRIORS
and you have made SAGES.

-Saunak Pal

In Love….all over again

That day, a sweet fragrance swept in
          through the windows of my dream
Colours from the morning sun
          brought back memories of last spring

Like a brush moving softly on a canvas
          the rays painted a picture on the floor
A hazy face, a forgotten smile
          brought memories long lost as lore

Some shadows arose of past evening walks
          some voices echoed with your radiant laugh
The smell that came with fresh rain drops
          Reminded of nights you wept, on my behalf

Those days of love have long gone
          and gone are the nights of rain
But yet I smile remembering your shining eyes
          which make me fall in love, all over again… 

                                                                -Saunak Pal