You Don’t Want Freedom, My Friend

Translation of Guha’s Bengali poem

Even if God is by your side
Walking hand in hand with you
The taste of freedom 
Will yet remain a dream.
You don’t want freedom, my friend!

Painting an image of freedom
Pretending to drink the nectar of knowledge
In the name of serving humanity and for the greater good
Forever postponing the very thing
You fail to see the deception of slavery

Whatever inspires you today
To fulfil the hopes of one or many
One day it will chain you
Cut into your limbs and make you weak
The pain of the struggle for freedom
Can be known if ever one’s being cries out 
Unable to bear the terrible bondage

This agony you will never know
You don’t have the guts for it
You don’t want freedom, my friend!
This I know all too well