Friday, July 27, 2012

Beyond The Seas

Sohrab Sepehri (parts of Beyond the Seas, 1967)

I’ll put up a boat,
and set it free
off the shore.
I’ll let it take me away-
from this eerie land,
where nobody calls up the sleeping heroes-
from their long, lonely trance.

I’ll put up a boat,
and set it free off the shore;
a boat with no net,
a boat with no seine,
with my heart cleansed of wish for pearl.
Neither the blues of the deeps,
Nor the mermaids,
the natives of the seas,
shall captivate me from-
my solitary glide.

I’ll move on with pride.
I’ll sail away on the tides,
I’ll sing all along the ride:

“...Beyond the seas,
There is another land.
People there,
they care-
for the call of a gentle hill,
for the feel of a brief dream.
Its soil listens to the song of your Soul.
Its breeze brings back to you-
the flavour of Home.

“Beyond the seas,
There is another land;
Its dawns are weightless,
vast and white.

Its nights are forever refreshed-
in the scent of flight.
Its poets are the Heirs-
of water, wind and light.”

Beyond the seas,
There is another land.
I shall put up a boat,
I will put up a boat.

Thanks Kabir for sharing this : https://www.facebook.com/notes/kabir-khan/beyond-the-seas-sohrab-sepehri/345877105439780