Patinathar’s poem on life- Part 3 – Old Age -Utarkurruvanam


வருவதுபோவதொருமுதுகூனு, 

மந்தியெனும்படிகுந்திநடந்து

மதியுமழிந்துசெவிதிமிர்வந்து, 

வாயறியாமல்விடாமன்மொழிந்து.

 

Bent with the weight of age,

he roams about,

squatting and moving like an ape,

losing his wits,

all stiff, all deaf, and almost blind,

blabbering incongruous words.(13)


துயில்வருநேரமிருமல்பொறாது, 

தொண்டையு நெஞ்சுமுன்வந்துவறந்து, 

துகிலுமிழந்துசுணையுமழிந்து, 

தோகையர் பாலர்ககோரணிகொண்டு.

 

When it is time for sleep,

he coughs, his throat is dry,

and his chest is burning.

In torn rags, all numb and blunt,

mocked at by women and by boys,(14)


கலியுகமீதிலிவர்மரியாதை, 

கண்டிடுமென்பவர்சஞ்சலமிஞ்ச

கலகலவென்றுமலசலம்வந்து, 

கால்வழிமேல்வழிசாரநடந்து.

 

He wobbles’ round and his perplexity grows,

and he will fart and piss

unable to hold his urine and his stools,

he will crawl about

in filth and dirtiness.(15)


தெளிவுமிராமலுரைதடுமாறி, 

சிந்தையுநெஞ்சுமுலைந்துமருண்டு

திடமுமலைந்துமிகவுமலைந்து, 

தேறிகலாதரவேதெனநொந்து.

 

Confused and puzzled,

staggering in speech,

his thoughts and feelings wandering about,

shaking and trembling,

he will realize

that there’s no consolation in this world,

no kindness, only pain.(16)


மறையவன்வேதனெழுதியவாறு, 

வந்ததுகண்டமுமென்றுதெளிந்து

இனியெனகண்டமினியெனதொந்த, 

மேதினிவாழ்வுநிலாதினிநின்று

 

As it is written in the Vedas four,

by the Great Teachers said:

Now the great Calamity comes,

what will he do now,

whence will come the help?

There is now no more life on earth,

all he must do is to repay his debts.(17)


கடன்முறைபேசுமெனவுரைநாவு, 

றங்கிவிழுந்துகைகொன் மொழிந்து, 

கடைவழிகஞ்சியொழுகிடவந்து, 

பூதமுநாலுசுவாசமும்நின்று.

நெஞ்சுதடுமாறிவருநேரமே.

 

While talking, his tongue goes to sleep,

and he talks with gestures of his hands,

soon is unable to eat

and food drips out,

and the four elements

and his breathing stop. (18)

 

Poet: Patinathar

Translated by Kamil Zvelebil

 

part 4: Death

 

part 1: Birth

Part 2: Youth

 

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Other Patinathar poems in my blog:

 

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