Balkrishna Sama

When I Want a Shapeful Dream

When I want a shapeful dream I write poetry,
And when I want a dreamlike shape I paint;
When I want you to speak to me I write poetry,
And when I want you to smile with me I paint;
When I want to cry for you I write poetry,
And when I want you to weep for me I paint
When I want to touch your heart I write poetry
And when I want to catch your sight I paint;
When I want to die for the living I write poetry,
And when I want a life for the dead I paint;
So poetry and paint6ing go side by side
As the very moon and her moonbeam;-
In poetry should is the painting,
And in the painting soul is the poem,
And so, my love, my eye is your painting,
And my heart your poem.



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