Khairul Ahsan


You Are Not A Poet


When hurt, a person cries.
When bereaved, a person wails.
When broken down, a person sobs.
When cheated in love, a person weeps.
You are not a poet, if you cannot understand,
All these cries, wails, fits of sobbing or silent weeping.

A drop of tear may look
Like a pearl when it hangs from an eye.
The beholder knows how difficult it is to hold
Or suppress a falling tear. Desperately s/he wishes
The tear to dry off before it rolls down or is seen by others.
You are not a poet, if you do not see the pain behind the pearl.

When the voice is muted, the eyes speak.
When both are lost by distance, a person writes.
When the pen stops, the piano lends voice to the
Feelings of the heart. The unspoken words are then
Narrated through the variations of the musical notes.
You are not a poet, if you cannot translate the tune.

Submitted: Sunday, February 16, 2014
Edited: Sunday, February 16, 2014

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Dhaka
16 February 2014
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  • Veteran Poet - 2,578 Points Achill Lad (9/22/2014 10:10:00 AM)

    Wails, cries, sobbing, weeping can all be superficial and false. I think the essence of true poetry is the ability to read, interpret and to paint with words the true definition of the soul, not forgetting nature. Well written though. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 127 Points Kirti Sharma (6/27/2014 4:48:00 PM)

    beautiful! ! !
    a poet is the one who understands what is not understood by others... (Report) Reply

  • Veteran Poet - 4,072 Points Khairul Ahsan (6/21/2014 10:20:00 AM)

    @Kevin Patrick,
    Thanks for your high praise of my poem. I appreciate your very generous, appreciative comment.
    Truly inspired, thanks! (Report) Reply

  • Veteran Poet - 4,072 Points Khairul Ahsan (6/18/2014 10:36:00 PM)

    @Ruma C
    Thank you very much for reading my poem and expressing your appreciation.
    Much obliged, much inspired. (Report) Reply

  • Veteran Poet - 4,072 Points Khairul Ahsan (6/18/2014 10:06:00 PM)

    @Bodrul Alam,
    Thank you very much for reading my poem and sharing your thoughts.
    I appreciate this kind gesture. (Report) Reply

  • Veteran Poet - 4,072 Points Khairul Ahsan (6/18/2014 9:24:00 PM)

    @Jackie Osae
    Thank you so much for reading my poem and expressing your appreciation so generously. I am much inspired, much obliged. (Report) Reply

  • Veteran Poet - 4,072 Points Khairul Ahsan (6/18/2014 8:55:00 PM)

    @Roseann Shawiak
    Thank you so much for reading my poem and expressing your appreciation so generously.
    Much obliged, much inspired. Thank you. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 0 Points Bodrul Alam (6/17/2014 7:20:00 AM)

    It sounds sweeter than the Bengali one. Really found myself hypnotized after going through it's words four times back to back. Really If I fail to translate the tune of so called all types of feelings, that's my failure not only to be a poet, but a sensible human being too. (Report) Reply

  • Veteran Poet - 4,072 Points Khairul Ahsan (6/11/2014 12:14:00 PM)

    @Catherine Hendry
    Thanks for bestowing the old Arab proverb on me, I am truly honored by your more than generous compliment. Few poets are lucky to receive such accolades from fellow poets. Thanks for the generosity. (Report) Reply

  • Veteran Poet - 4,072 Points Khairul Ahsan (6/10/2014 11:41:00 PM)

    @Savita Tyagi
    Thank you so much for your thoughtful comments on my poem.
    I am truly inspired by your caring thoughts. (Report) Reply

  • Veteran Poet - 4,072 Points Khairul Ahsan (6/7/2014 10:18:00 PM)

    @Nia Schexnider
    Thank you very much for reading my poem and appreciating it.
    Much obliged. (Report) Reply

  • Veteran Poet - 4,072 Points Khairul Ahsan (6/6/2014 12:44:00 PM)

    @Mary Forrester
    Thank you very much for your kind appreciation of my poem.
    I am really inspired. (Report) Reply

  • Freshman - 1,391 Points Kevin Patrick (6/5/2014 5:48:00 PM)

    A truly stupendous work, which has elegant imagery that easily slips inside the mind, my favourite was your description as tears as pearls, quite enchanting and serene, but the whole thing had great depth of what it means to be a poet. Bravo on a wonderful job (Report) Reply

  • Veteran Poet - 4,072 Points Khairul Ahsan (5/23/2014 3:52:00 AM)

    @Aqua Flower
    Thanks for loving poets and declaring it as a comment on my poem.
    Much inspired! (Report) Reply

  • Veteran Poet - 4,072 Points Khairul Ahsan (5/22/2014 9:56:00 PM)

    @Noreen Carden
    Thanks for your wonderful comment on my poem. This is very much reassuring.
    And thanks for your generous 10. (Report) Reply

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