Sayeed Abubakar

Gold Star - 18,900 Points (21 September 1972 / Jessore / Bangladesh)

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

Topic(s) of this poem: art, patriotic, satire


Poet's Notes about The Poem

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

Comments about A Fairy Tale by Sayeed Abubakar

  • Bharati NayakBharati Nayak (8/10/2015 8:53:00 AM)

    Very beautiful poem representative of deep emotions that flow underneath like a river where dreams float like princess on a peacock-boat.Emotions dance to highs and lows like silver fish in dark water.Thank you for sharing such a marvelous poem.(Report)Reply

    Sayeed AbubakarSayeed Abubakar(8/10/2015 10:33:00 AM)

    Many many thanks to you, dear poet, for your nice comment.

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  • Heather WilkinsHeather Wilkins (8/21/2014 6:58:00 PM)

    a good translation enjoyed the read(Report)Reply

    Sayeed AbubakarSayeed Abubakar(8/22/2014 8:06:00 AM)

    Thanks, dear poet.

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  • Aftab Alam KhursheedAftab Alam Khursheed (3/29/2014 10:18:00 AM)

    Nature perserves the nature and we being a part of it for the sake of its beatification we destrored we put poison and still a slow poison is put by us we the self destroyer, and our end....Allah know better(Report)Reply

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  • Naida Nepascua SupnetNaida Nepascua Supnet (8/1/2013 7:12:00 AM)

    wow, i like this poem.
    there are many have beens that young people never knew of
    and it is so nice that at least they would have a glimpse of those such as this fairy tale of yours.(Report)Reply

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  • Poetheart MorganPoetheart Morgan (2/11/2013 5:31:00 PM)

    But the nature prevails always. Thanks god! Well done Poet and thanks for sharing with us your poetry!(Report)Reply

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  • Waseem A MallaWaseem A Malla (1/5/2013 10:58:00 AM)

    a nice poem... Genuine concern..(Report)Reply

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  • Chandra Thiagarajan (12/6/2012 8:40:00 AM)

    That the paths which were rivers and the fields processions of water have all now vanished makes you tell a fairy tale.Wonderful! Thanks for sharing(Report)Reply

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  • Musfiq Us ShaleheenMusfiq Us Shaleheen (11/29/2012 3:26:00 AM)

    nicely deliver the time under a buried river.(Report)Reply

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  • Abaka Blessing AnastasiaAbaka Blessing Anastasia (11/19/2012 5:19:00 AM)

    nice illustration, nice poem(Report)Reply

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  • S.zaynab KamoonpuriS.zaynab Kamoonpuri (11/11/2012 11:46:00 PM)

    A pretty poem with river imagery that is great to picture. Like it lots.(Report)Reply

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  • Sayeed AbubakarSayeed Abubakar (11/5/2012 7:04:00 AM)

    Thanks, dear Mirna Morgan. If you ever come in Bangladesh, you will find how true my poem is in the context of my dear motherland. We have lost almost all our big and small rivers.(Report)Reply

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  • Poetheart MorganPoetheart Morgan (11/5/2012 5:39:00 AM)

    They took your river but remains a path! ! ! Not so good but at least something is there! Beautiful(Report)Reply

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  • Neela Nath Das (5/1/2012 10:41:00 AM)

    Very nice translation.I like it.(Report)Reply

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  • Yoseph LupuYoseph Lupu (5/8/2011 5:42:00 AM)

    A nice opoem, which goes on as a imagination river...I like it!(Report)Reply

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  • Seema Chowdhury (4/16/2011 8:28:00 AM)

    Nice theme and good translation.(Report)Reply

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Poem Submitted: Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Poem Edited: Friday, May 8, 2020