Adhikar (Authority), a poem by Mahadevi Verma

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Poem by: Mahadevi Verma
Original Poem: अधिकार (Authority: Adhikar – A peom by Mahadevi Verma)
Translated by: Pankaj Sharma

वे मुस्काते फूल, नहीं
जिनको आता है मुर्झाना,
वे तारों के दीप, नहीं
जिनको भाता है बुझ जाना।

Neither are they the smiling blooms,
that are set to shrivel.
Nor are they those lamps of star,
that like to loose light.

वे नीलम के मेघ, नहीं
जिनको है घुल जाने की चाह,
वह अनन्त रितुराज, नहीं
जिसने देखी जाने की राह।

Neither are they the blue clouds
that are eager to rain.

Nor are they the timeless spring
that finds the exit lane.

वे सूने से नयन, नहीं
जिनमें बनते आँसू मोती,
वह प्राणों की सेज, नहीं
जिसमें बेसुध पीड़ा सोती।

Neither are they those plain eyes,
where tears don’t form pearls,

Nor is it the bed of life,
where unaware pain dwells.

ऐसा तेरा लोक, वेदना नहीं,
नहीं जिसमें अवसाद,
जलना जाना नहीं,
नहीं जिसने जाना मिटने का स्वाद!

is it your world?…no pain,
no melancholy it ever held
Neither it Knew heat of gloom,
nor did it know taste of being vanished.

क्या अमरों का लोक मिलेगा
तेरी करुणा का उपहार?
रहने दो हे देव! अरे
यह मेरा मिटने का अधिकार!

Landing in the world of immortals,
Is it your gift, lord?
Leave me almighty! atleast
I deserve the right to
loose the strings, lives that hold.


About Mahadevi Verma

Mahadevi Varma was best known as an outstanding Hindi poet, and was a freedom fighter, woman’s activist and educationist fromIndia. She is widely regarded as the “modern Meera“.She was a major poet of the Chhayavaad generation, a period of romanticism in Modern Hindi poetry ranging from 1914–1938. With the passage of time, her limited but outstanding prose has been recognised as unique in Hindi literature. She was a prominent poet in Hindi Kavi sammelans (Gatherings of poets).

She was the Principal, and then the Vice-Chancellor of Prayag Mahila Vidyapeeth, a woman’s residential college in Allahabad. She was awarded India’s highest literary award, for lifetime achievement, the Sahitya Akademi Fellowship in 1979, followed by theJnanpith Award in 1982. She was the recipient of the Padma Bhushan in 1956 and the Padma Vibhushan in 1988, India’s third and second highest civilian awards respectively.

Source: Wikipedia

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