Who art thou, my beloved maid,
With curling tresses leaning against
The cloudless azure? Who art thou, the sentinel of the night, showing path
Often with thy Lamp of stars to the weary travelers on their
Homeward journey? Art thou a goddess
That spreads her tranquil veil
O’er the somnolent earth and mingles with
The blue sky casting her blissful
Gift on the earth for a while?
The sun-the ever luminous orb that moves westward
And dives behind and dost thou wipe thine tears that
Trickles down thy rosy cheeks
With the edge of thy solemn scarf?
Why dost thou, my love, wipe off the vermilion-dot
On thy forehead? And why dost thou not forget the pang of partition,
That has surged the passions of thy heart?
Original Assamese: Sandhiya by late Suryya Kumar Bhuyan (from collected poems of Suryya Kumar Bhuyan edited by Bireswar Baruah; First Edition 1981 published by Lawyer’s Book Stall)?
Rai Bahadur Surya Kumar Bhuyan MBE (1894–1964) was a writer, historian, and a poet from Assam. He presided over the Asam Sahitya Sabha (1953) held at Shillong. He was the elected member of Rajya Sabha during 1952–53, and was awarded the Padma Shri by the Government of India in 1956.