Khairul Ahsan


Biography Of A Poem


Where speech fails, poetry takes over.
As if like a fetus in the womb, a poem
Is born in the brain's chamber, where
It sleeps and sometimes moves about
For an exit. Finally it finds its way out,
Silently through a computer keyboard
Or the nib of a pen, to the open world.

Where speech fails, poetry takes over.
Small poets eschew big pandemonium.
When in limelight, they feel like a hare
Caught by the beam of a passing Lorry.
They avoid noise and crowds, but join
Small groups with eloquent speeches
And share episodes of sorrow and joy.

Where speech fails, poetry takes over.
A poet's thoughts are umbilically linked
To the rhythm of his heart, harmonized.
He toys with them at the dead of night,
And wanders away to a dreamy world.
His thoughts spread their fanciful wings,
And fly out as a poem, in rhymes or not.


Dhaka
13 October 2013

Submitted: Sunday, October 13, 2013
Edited: Friday, October 25, 2013

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  • Rookie - 541 Points Jasbir Chatterjee (7/29/2014 4:35:00 AM)

    nice poem...loved reading it...especially these lines: A poet's thoughts are umbilically linked/To the rhythm of his heart...His thoughts spread their fanciful wings, And fly out as a poem, in rhymes or not. (Report) Reply

  • Veteran Poet - 4,599 Points Geetha Jayakumar (7/10/2014 7:00:00 AM)

    Awesome write. A masterpiece, from your heart.
    Poetry born from a mothers womb
    Umbilical cord gave the thoughts to unborn
    Finally with a intense pain a baby poem was born.
    Naming ceremony was done and it's the baby here but had grown into a beautiful heights
    Today, which stands on a name of its own...
    I just loved reading each lines. I am not sure how I missed this lovely poem.
    Thanks for sharing with us.. (Report) Reply

  • Veteran Poet - 3,170 Points Bri Edwards (6/29/2014 1:30:00 AM)

    wow. i had to think hard....well, sort of hard, to remember what Khairul was referring to when he responded this month to the first comment i made here.....made OVER six months ago. my memory is not nearly that good! so i came back to the poem to have a look. thanks, Khairul, for supplying me with the name of the poem you were referring to in your recent message. AND, i found a TYPO/error of mine! ! ! ! in my first comment. i incorrectly used the word their for there. oops! ! ! thanks for the belated response Khairul. :) bri (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 104 Points Kirti Sharma (6/27/2014 4:43:00 PM)

    so amazing! !
    i like it!

    To the rhythm of his heart, harmonized.
    He toys with them at the dead of night
    true lines! !


    i invite you to read my poems.. (Report) Reply

  • Veteran Poet - 3,518 Points Khairul Ahsan (6/27/2014 12:27:00 PM)

    @Valsa George
    Thanks for reading my poem and leaving your thoughtful comment. I am inspired by your thoughts of 'umbillically linked' connection among poets, a fraternity that is unique, compared to other streams of bondage. (Report) Reply

  • Veteran Poet - 3,518 Points Khairul Ahsan (6/27/2014 9:20:00 AM)

    @ Bri Edwards
    Thank you very much for spending some time with my poem and giving a lengthy critique.
    By 'Where speech fails, poetry takes over' I meant that when we cannot say and mean what we want to, because of lack of spoken expression or some other reasons, we turn to thinking and writing. After a brief 'incubation period' (your words) , the words come out as a poem.
    In the second stanza, my thoughts centered around new poets or small poets like me, non egotistic, sociable in small circles, about how they gather their food for thought.
    I must thank you for your appreciation of my 'precise writing skill as regards grammar, spelling, and punctuation.' In my teen years, I had an English teacher who taught me English at school, to whom I am ever indebted for whatever English I have learnt. From my Ninth grade onward, I never had to worry about my English Language exams. I used to read novels before my exam nights.
    'i even liked it despite its lack of rhyming and humour/humor. i've added it to MyPoemList.' - Well, thanks a lot for ignoring the deficiency and honouring the poem nevertheless. (Report) Reply

  • Veteran Poet - 3,518 Points Khairul Ahsan (6/26/2014 11:28:00 PM)

    @Patricia Grantham
    I am ashamed to so belatedly acknowledge your kind, appreciative comment on my humble piece of work. I have been deeply touched by your generous words and wholeheartedly appreciate your thoughts that you so kindly shared. (Report) Reply

  • Veteran Poet - 3,518 Points Khairul Ahsan (6/26/2014 12:06:00 PM)

    @Sandra Feldman,
    Sadly, I am so late to acknowledge your warm compliments on my poem, but I must say that I have been deeply touched.
    Thank you, my dear friend, for reading my poem and leaving such an appreciative comment, which itself is valuable like a piece of gem. (Report) Reply

  • Veteran Poet - 3,518 Points Khairul Ahsan (6/26/2014 10:56:00 AM)

    @marvin brato
    I've been deeply touched by your generous appreciation of my poem.
    Thank you very much for reading my poem and leaving an appreciative comment. (Report) Reply

  • Veteran Poet - 3,518 Points Khairul Ahsan (2/6/2014 11:00:00 AM)

    @ Terrance Tracy,
    'when at my keyboard sometimes words are spontaneous sometimes they are not.' - I guess, this happens with all the poets and writers.
    'Contemplation can sometimes spoil the rhythm of the poem spontaneity can be an asset.
    finding the balance between the two is the task I must do.' -A clear and accurate perception.
    'Biography Of A Poem teaches me to write from your heart and that is smart.' - THANK YOU! (Report) Reply

  • Veteran Poet - 3,518 Points Khairul Ahsan (1/3/2014 11:23:00 PM)

    @ Husna Amin,
    Thanks for reading my poem and leaving your thoughts here.
    Very thoughtful and generous of you. I appreciate. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Caroline Bulleck (12/3/2013 10:28:00 AM)

    I love your description of poetry. Your word usage is effective and the imagery is captivating. Very well written. (Report) Reply

  • Gold Star - 10,425 Points Valsa George (11/21/2013 11:30:00 PM)

    A great poem on poems! Just as a poet's thoughts are umbillically linked, we, poets are also linked in thought and perception! We can recognize and appreciate each other's stream of thoughts, which people of prosaic minds may often fail!
    I enjoyed the poem in toto especially the last stanza! (Report) Reply

  • Veteran Poet - 3,518 Points Khairul Ahsan (11/14/2013 12:26:00 PM)

    @ Nivedita Patnaik,
    Thanks for the high praise, I am much delighted and inspired by your thoughtful comments. (Report) Reply

  • Veteran Poet - 3,170 Points Bri Edwards (11/14/2013 12:11:00 PM)

    Where speech fails, poetry takes over.....at first i thought 'this is silly to say; what is the difference between what a person writes (in a poem) and what that person speaks? [hey, here is another example of what makes some languages so difficult, or impossible, to master. (i can never hope to master my native language, english!) . the example i refer to is the difference between the spellings of speech and speak. why don't they both use either ea or ee? ! ! ! good grief! but i digress.] as i was saying, i first thought the line was 'silly'. THEN i gave it more thought. i realized/remembered that my writing/composing of a poem often differs quite a bit from my normal day-to-day speech. i create things on paper/computer which i would never spontaneously speak. and their IS an incubation period, not always very long, which i don't often have.....(or it is not as pronounced) .....WHEN i speak to someone face-to-face. i sometimes use words i rarely if ever use otherwise (like digress) . i also find my brain and pen moved sometimes because of my effort to rhyme so often or to have what i call flow/rhythm? i guess that's enough to say about that....now.

    in the following stanza:

    Where speech fails, poetry takes over.
    Small poets eschew big pandemonium.
    When in limelight, they feel like a hare
    Caught by the beam of a passing Lorry.
    They avoid noise and crowds, but join
    Small groups with eloquent speeches
    And share episodes of sorrow and joy.

    ....i like the part about the hare. i'm not sure what khairul is thinking as he writes this stanza. what, i wonder, are small poets and what is (a) big pandemonium? ? is the author, of 'biography of a poem', a small poet or is he a big poet? i think i'm a medium-sized poet. how about you others? khairul, are you suggesting at all that being a small poet is preferable to being a large poet? i think there are probably all sizes on ph.
    i'm pretty acceptable of various styles but i MUST say i like khairul's precise writing skill as regards grammar, spelling, and punctuation. and i like the look created on the screen by the lines being set down in almost exactly the same lengths.
    if i listed all the parts of this poem which i especially enjoyed reading, i'm 'afraid' i would have to list almost every line! ! ! i even liked it despite its lack of rhyming and humour/humor. i've added it to MyPoemList. thanks for sharing. NOW, how do i retrieve the minutes i used to compose this comment so i can use them for something else? ? :) bri ... good thing i'm retired. (Report) Reply

  • Veteran Poet - 3,518 Points Khairul Ahsan (11/7/2013 12:13:00 PM)

    @Efe Benjamin,
    Thanks for reading my poem and for your thoughtful comment.
    Thanks for the '10' too! (Report) Reply

  • Freshman - 1,943 Points Patricia Grantham (11/7/2013 8:20:00 AM)

    Your description of a Poets mind just resounds with so much deep detail
    and reeks with knowledge and wisdom. You laid the mind and thoughts open
    with this very enlightening write. Poetry does take the helm when speech fails.
    A poem is conceived and is then delivered to the keyboard and is then fed by
    the many readers and commentators. Well done with such great meaning. (Report) Reply

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