He promised he'd return tomorrow

by Vidyapati

English version by Azfar Hussain
Original Language Maithili

He promised he'd return tomorrow.
And I wrote everywhere on my floor:

The morning broke, when they all asked:
Now tell us, when will your "Tomorrow" come?
Tomorrow, Tomorrow, where are you?
I cried and cried, but my Tomorrow never returned!

Vidyapati says: O listen, dear!
Your Tomorrow became a today
with other women.

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