Delhi’s Bandaged Heart – Job, BKS Marg Subway
Poetry in the city.
[Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi]
The Delhi Walla arranged to meet poet Job at the BKS Marg subway in Connaught Place. Telling me his story, Job says he was a decent man who suffered calamities in his life for no apparent reason. “I questioned the fairness of God,” he tells me, “but later I reconciled with Him.”
Taking up the disguise of a malnourished homeless man, Job dresses up in torn clothes and positions himself beside the subway stairs. He shares a passage of his Hebrew poem with us.
Remember: life is a breath;
soon I will vanish from your sight.
The eye that looks will not see me;
you may search, but I will be gone.
Like a cloud fading in the sky,
man dissolves into death.
He leaves the whole world behind him
and never comes home again.
[Translated by Stephen Mitchell]
As part of the series Delhi’s Bandaged Moments, The Delhi Walla is searching for poets in the city. If you are one, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Oh Man,You are………..
Hey! I am a poet too :p
“Yahan Peshab Karna Mana Hai,
Su Su Mein Geeli Cinema-ghar di dewwar Hui Faana Hai”…
Toinkz toinkz toinkz :p
Hmm! I’ve heard of people learning Spanish, German, French, Chinese… But Hebrew?? Not one! He really is something special.
very touching and it is so realistic
Job suffered because of this absurd fixation “god” had with wagers. So much for fairness!
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