I am a farmer, I walk this long journey – A Poem

मी एक शेतकरीकरतो पायी हा प्रवास

 

मी एक शेतकरी, माझा हा संघर्ष…
उभ्या भारताचा मी पोशिंदा, पण माझं जगणं कठीण… 

दुष्काळ, कर्ज, पीक दर….किती गणवू माझ्या व्यथा…
माझा आवाज पोहचवया करतो पायी हा मी प्रवास…

उभं आयुष्य गेलं शेतीतं…
माझं रगात न् घाम मिसळलं या मातीत
ऐका हो जरा माझं करतो पायी हा मी प्रवास… 

पाहिलं ना ओ मी ऊन न् वारा…
राबलो दिन-रात, पण हाती काही नाही आले…
तोच कोरा हात घेऊनी, करतो पायी हा प्रवास… 

आता रडूही येईना, माझी आसवं सुकली…
इतकं का भोगतोय, मी शेतकरी म्हणून?
नको हा जन्म पुन्हा, यासाठी पायी हा प्रवास…

असं काय मी मागतोय, माझं हक्काचं जगणं
जगाल का हो तुम्ही माझं हे जीवन?
माझा आवाज पोहचवया, करतो पायी हा प्रवास… 

माझा अंत होण्याआधी, जरा ऐका हो माझं
उभा भारत हा माझा नायतर मरील उपाशी
म्हणून करतो, पायी हा प्रवास

I am a Farmer, I walk this long journey

 

I am a farmer, this is my struggle
I feed all of India, yet live in distress myself

Drought, loan, crop price, how many sufferings do I count
I walk this long journey to make my voice heard

All my life was spent in farming
My blood and sweat mixed into this soil
Listen to me won’t you, I walk this long journey

Neither scorching sun nor wind I cared for
As I toiled day and night, but received nothing in return
Thus empty handed I walk this long journey

Now I can’t even cry, my tears have run dry
Why do I suffer so, because I am a farmer?
I don’t want this life again, and so I walk this long journey

What is my demand, the right  to my life
Will any of you live this life of mine?
To make my voice heard, I walk this long journey

Before my life ends, listen to me a little
Otherwise this India of mine will starve to death
That is why I walk this long journey

 

by Jyoti Shinoli

Poem translated by Namita Waikar

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