Home Today's Paper Most Popular Video Gallery Photo Gallery
Subscription Blog Signin Register
Logo
Friday, July 21, 2017 06:46:34 PM
Follow Us On: Facebook Twitter Twitter Twitter Twitter

Poem

Noblest Man

By
15th-Aug-2016       Readers ( 432 )   0 Comments
Comments
Share your thought
Post a comment »
Read all (0) »

Belal Chowdhury  :

They may appear in thousand years, a handful one or two
Their fame spreads all around for good deeds, they themselves
Sanctify their lives - the noble ones, they fill the fallow lands
By cultivating golden crops.

He came in this way by illuminating all ten sides, in the family of Sheikhs
Lying on the lap of his parents at a remote and faraway village,
-We know people age, environments change, and the plant raises its head.

Does the river also grow old? I don't know.
But she is always restless, resolute and rebellious.
It doesn't take long to realize while listening to the reckless ripples of its waves.
In perilous shape its current becomes unstoppable, flowing parallel to the meandering Modhumati ..
 
Beautiful like its own name, Baigar came out of its own heart
Hazy rows of trees donned its dilapidated banks on both sides,
Amid diverse hazards were his confident movements;
There was hunger, poverty, want and a grey picture of nature all around
Observing keenly these pale miserable faces in his early hours
He could realize, 'these numb and dumb mouths shall have to be given speech'.

Rosy smile in abundance shall have to be brought to the faces of the exploited
-And to dedicate himself in that onerous task he had to be
A daring sailor in a vast sea, a fully focused and combative boatman.

His was not the path of compromise; he was a voyager of inaccessible roads  
Confronting obstacles at every step, he faced one struggle after another throughout his life.
Oblivious of where his wife, children, parents, brothers, sisters and relatives lived.
 
He belonged to the whole country, the entire nation: he was the loftiest man of the century.
With virtues and failings he was a pure-Bangalee, generous and unbounded like the blue sky.
He could not be moved by the thought of gains or losses, greed or partiality.

Crushing the mountain of barriers he was bent on moving ahead
Lean and thin, his head was forever held high, verily a simple and plain patriot.

Leaving behind an indebted nation, with his kith, kin and companions,
He left us smilingly by dropping his own blood from the heart
-Hoping even then that smiles would appear on the faces of teeming millions.

The people of Bangla are distressed a lot, though they seek very little,
Let them find a little happiness, and laugh to their heart's content
-Only this was his pure, sincere and simple desire.

Translation: Helal Uddin Ahmed


You, The Pole Star
Shihab Sarkar

Darkness fades as decades go by
The fiends of the cruel night crumble into dust
The clusters of poison-fruit fall
one day-rotten and withered and stinking.

You see a maiden path in the dark of the wilds?
An apocalyptic night of tsunamis swallowed our
dreams in the small hours of Sravana,
We've seen the dance of black monsters
in the sun-bathed, wistful Bengal after the war.

But the paws of darkness clawed at my
vitals, they gouged out my eyes
The wind stopped amid groans of the tongueless,
In a grave at Tungipara was lowered the Pole Star,
On the stairs of the 32 echoed the blood-stained boots
The orphaned pair of spectacles lied motionless.

But see, his smoking pipe still exuded a serene warmth.

Then the new star came up in the evening sky
None had noticed it in the sky before,
As the night turned deeper, the star shone brighter
 In the morning sky the star keeps shining,
Who'll resist us, primordial darkness has died down
Hyenas won't burst into laughters anymore.

Look,.there shines the Pole Star
Rusts get swept away from nightmares.
I take a long, fresh breath

The earth awash with starlight flooding the stifling dark.

Sravana : The second month of the season of monsoon in Bengal.
Translation: Shihab Sarkar himself

0 Comments. Share your thoughts also.
Write a comment
Tariff
Add Rate

News Archive

Inside The New Nation

Football »

Pietersen eyes South Africa international return


Kevin Pietersen said Wednesday he has not ruled out resurrecting his international career with his native South Africa even though he'll be pushing 40 when he requalifies. The 37-year-old batsman will become eligible to play for the Proteas in 2019 having not been selected for England after being sacked in ...

Editorial »

Havoc from waterlogging, traffic jam in city life


EXPERTS at a seminar on 'Development Options for Dhaka towards 2035' on last Wednesday voiced grave concern over the worsening traffic jam in Dhaka city streets at a time when monsoon downpour and waterlogging have added to create an unimaginable situation with traffic holding in long queues for hours together. ...

Entertainment »

Ileana D`cruz opens up about dealing with being body shamed


Ileana D’Cruz, who bagged the Filmfare Award for Best Female Debut (South) in 2006 for her turn in the Telugu drama Devadasu, repeated the feat six years later with her Bollywood debut, Anurag Basu’s acclaimed Barfi! Four years later, the 30-year-old actress, who features in two bigbudget ensemble films this ...

International »

`Brexit lunch` to assess talks progress


AFP, Brussels :Britain and the EU will wrap up four days of tough Brexit talks in Brussels on Thursday with a special lunch between their chief negotiators as major differences emerged on key points.The two sides remain far apart on the exit bill that the EU says Britain must pay ...

International »

Iraqi officer seeks vengeance in Mosul, where killings mount


AP, Mosul, Iraq : For one Iraqi lieutenant, the fight against the Islamic State group in Mosul has been a slow, methodical quest for revenge. For three years, he has hunted for two IS militants from his village who he believes killed his father. Along the way, he has shot to ...

Editorial »

Right kind of arrest for corruption


ANTI-CORRUPTION Commission (ACC) officials on Tuesday arrested the Chief Engineer of Department of Shipping while he was taking bribe at his Motijheel office in the city from an official of a private ship building company for approving the design of a ship. This is no doubt a commendable job for ...

Sports »

Gold medal winner Svetlana Kolesnichenko of Russia poses with her medal during the awarding ceremony of the women's synchronized swimming solo free final free routine of FINA Swimming World Championships 2017 in the City Park in Budapest, Hungary on Wednesday.


City »

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina releasing the fish fry at Ganabhaban lake on the occasion of Jatiya Matsya Saptaha-2017 on Wednesday.


Entertainment »

Jaya gets another award for Bishorjon


Actress Jaya Ahsan   is going to receive National Film Award for her outstanding performance in Zero Degree. Now this lustrous actress has received another accolade for Bishorjon in International Bengali Film Award. The International Bengali Film Award (IBFA) was recently held in San Fransisco, USA where she earned the Best ...

Entertainment »

Mahi pairing up with Mosharraf Karim


Entertainment Desk :Now Mosharraf Karim and Mahiya Mahi are pairing together in a movie. Titled Faltu and directed by Wazed Ali Sumon, Mosharraf and Mahi will be seen together on big screen.Mosharraf Karim is currently in Malaysia. Once he returns the agreement will be signed. The pre-production of the film ...

Editorial »

Save Hajj from money grinding business


HAJJ, the annual pilgrimage to Mecca has lost much of its religious sanctity to become more of a thriving business for grinding money by Hajj agencies and travel agents. Over the recent years syndicates run by people closer to the government are operating the tours in complicit to a section ...

Cricket »

Heather Knight struck in her first over during the Women`s World Cup semi-final between England and South Africa at Bristol on Tuesday.


Cricket »

I am prepared to play any pitch: Mominul


Sports Reporter :Promising cricketer Mominul Haque said, " I am prepared to play any pitch. I am interested to do something well."The Tigers took part in the full-fledged practice session at the Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium in Mirpur and in BCB-NCA Ground in Mirpur on Tuesday. The Tigers are taking ...

International »

Iran says possibility of talks with US still open


AP, New York :Iran's foreign minister said the government has received "contradictory signals" from the Trump administration and doesn't know how to interpret them, but he held open the possibility of talks and improved relations with the United States.In a wide-ranging session at the Council on Foreign Relations, Mohammad Javad ...

International »

US Republicans divided after second healthcare bill collapses


Reuters, Washington :Republicans in the US Congress were in chaos over healthcare legislation after a second attempt to pass a bill in the Senate collapsed late on Monday, with President Donald Trump calling for an outright repeal of Obamacare and others seeking a change in direction toward bipartisanship."Regretfully, it is ...

 
Items that you save may be read at any time on your computer, iPad, iPhone or Android devices.
 
Are you new to our website? Do you have already an account at our website?
Create An Account Log in here
Email this news to a friend or like someone
Email:
Write a comment to this news