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A Fairy Tale - Poem by Sayeed Abubakar

Once these paths were rivers,
these fields the processions of water.

One day on these paths
the princesses used to go by the pea-cock boats.
On these paths with huge goods
the merchants used to move.

These paths were rivers,
these fields the processions of water.

In these fields, the silvery fishes,
touching the uprising waves, how nicely
rolled up and down in the dark water!

Pedestrian,
am I telling you a fairy tale?

* Dedicated to all the dead rivers of Bangladesh

[Translation of the Bengali poem 'Rupkotha' taken from the first book 'Pronoyer Prothom Pap' (1996) ]
Sayeed Abubakar

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?Jab Koi Armaan Dil Main Machalta Hi Nahi?!?
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Bisat-E-Umer Par Mujh KO Khasara HO Raha Tha
Main So0raj Reh Chuka Tha,Ab Sitara HO Raha Tha

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Miley jis se dil ko qaraar sa, koi shair aesa pa

nind aai na khula raat ka bistar mujh se
guftugu karta raha chand barabar mujh se
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Luta kar Har Cheez Manzil-e-ISHQ ki Raah
Main.
Main Hans Para Hoon AAj Khud ko Barbad Dekh Kar.

washed-up, on shore, the old yellow notebook
out again
I write from the bed
as I did last
year.

abhi zamin ko haft aasman banana hai
isi jahan ko mujhe do-jahan banana hai
bhaTak raha hai akel

kya jaane kis ki pyas bujhane kidhar gain
is sar pe jhum ke jo ghaTaen guzar gain
diwana puchhta

Don’t be like those who ask for everything:
praise, a blurb, a free ride in my rented
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My shoulder is against yours.
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What passing-bells for these who die as cattle?
Only the monstrous anger of the guns.
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Kun k khwab main itny qareeb chaly aaty ho.

Jab Kisi Jaam Ko Honton Se Lagaya Mein Ne
Raqs Karta Howa Dekha Tera Saaya Mein Ne
Mujh se Mut Poo

ai mujh ko fareb dene vaale
maiñ tujh pe yaqīn kar chukā huuñ

Of Man's first disobedience, and the fruit
Of that forbidden tree whose mortal taste
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Ab jo ruthey to kbhi manana nhi ja kr
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Kisi Ki Aankh Se Sapne Chura Kar Kuch Nahi Milta
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Mohsin Ke Khayalon Main Utarti Hain Sar-e-Sham, ,
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Meri sochain badalti ja rahi hain,
Ke yeh cheezain badalti ja rahi hain,
Tamasha aik hai roz-e-aza

Yaadon ka hisaab rakh raha hoon,
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