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"Prey for Me" by Sukumar Ray

Don’t be scared, my little man-
Think I’m going to bite you?
Silly notion! Don’t you know
I have no strength to fight you?
I know the horns upon my head
Must seem a trifle shocking.
But butting pains my head, and so
They’re seldom used for knocking.

‘Well, well-I see you’re not convinced
By all that I’ve said,
It’s time I grabbed you by your legs
And knocked you on the head.
My wife and dozen kids and I
Believe it’s downright silly
To let escape a stupid man
Who’s scared, willy nilly’

Select Nonsense of Sukumar Ray
Sukumar Ray’s poem translated from Bengali
by his son, filmmaker Satyajit Ray.
In this poem, an enormous devilish looking creature emerges from a rock to have this playful conversation with a Bengali babu. An illustration of the whole scene drawn by Sukumar Ray accompanies the poem.

Can be found in the book Select Nonsense of Sukumar RaySelect Nonsense of Sukumar Ray

‘Pursuing feeing girls with a lifted stick,
The naughty little boy
Battering a toy violin to pieces
To find whence the tunes came;
Throwing out of window-bars my favorite doll,
With all her pretty flimsy fineries.’

~Sukhalata Rao, Sukumar Ray's elder sister writing about her brother's childhood.


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