Where have the boats gone?

Nirupama Dutt
Posted March 22, 2009 from India

Where have the boats gone?

Where did the boats come from? O’ Ranjha* my trader in love? Where did the boatmen come from? O’ Ranjha my trader in love?

My mother used to sing this lost song of Pothohar* I recall the boats would come from Jehlum and the boatmen from Attock

My mother had seen Attock and spent her childhood in Jehlum For me these are just two names of rivers and towns lost somewhere in the Punjab across the barbed wire

If the boats came they must have gone somewhere too I cannot recall the destination mentioned in the song Mother is no longer there or I would ask her Never mind I will ask Ranjha my trader in love if I come across him somewhere along:

Where have the boats gone, O’ Ranjha my trader in love? Where have the boatmen gone, O’ Ranjha my trader in love.

*Ranjha is the archetypal romantic and tragic hero of the famous love legend of Punjab_ Heer Ranjha. The poet belongs to a family that migrated at the time of the Partition from Pakistan Punjab to India Punjab thus the allusions to lost village, rivers and towns.

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  • Fatima Waziri - Azi
    Mar 22, 2009
    Mar 22, 2009

    Very nice poem

  • Nirupama Dutt
    Mar 22, 2009
    Mar 22, 2009

    Thanks Fatima, I am glad you liked it. Best wishes. nirupama

  • Kandace York
    Mar 22, 2009
    Mar 22, 2009

    Stunning imagry, a feeling of being there...time passing again and again...very well written, love it!

    Sincerely, Rose Of Sharon

  • Nirupama Dutt
    Mar 22, 2009
    Mar 22, 2009

    Thanks for your kind words. Nirupama

  • Lauren Button
    Mar 23, 2009
    Mar 23, 2009

    The poem is really wonderful Nirupama. It ebbed and flowed like the rivers that took the boats. Great work!!

    Sincerely, Lo Button

  • Nirupama Dutt
    Mar 24, 2009
    Mar 24, 2009

    Thanks Lo. Your profile is truly inspiring and I hope to share more with you. I wanted so to be a mother. At 31, I adopted a girl child. She is now 22. I never married. So life goes on.