Biography Of A Poem Poem by Khairul Ahsan

Biography Of A Poem

Rating: 4.8


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

COMMENTS OF THE POEM
Kumarmani Mahakul 12 February 2019

Where speech fails, poetry takes over. A poet's excellent thought motivates others frequently. Poetry carries tenderness. A beautifully penned shared here is definitely an excellent poem...10

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Khairul Ahsan 16 February 2019

Thank you, @Kumarmani Mahakul, for your thoughtful appreciation of the poem. I am much inspired by your comment.

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Lovely lines that are loaded with lessons! Well done my friend! I love the title-Biography OF A Poem.

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Terry Craddock 25 September 2020

a masterpiece, nothing more need be said, I loved the fetus womb brain's chamber imagery, the first stanza line introduction repetition for emphasis; I liked poetry sleeping moving about, keyboard writing or pen then birth into the world. That was only stanza one, to save time, I loved the poet references also. A wonderful write :)

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Khairul Ahsan 15 November 2020

Thank you very much, Terry Craddock. Your appreciation of the first stanza of the poem shows the extent of your attention my poem received; I am much thankful for that. It's a great delight to see a poet's work appreciated by another poet of repute.

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Bharati Nayak 02 August 2019

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. - - - - - A fantastic poem.

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Savita Tyagi 25 July 2019

Poetic is fascinating and mysterious in its origin. But when ever it sprouts through various channels of mind it brings joy to writers and readers alike. Thank you Khairul Ahsan for sharing the poem and many thanks for your comment on my poem.

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Julia Luber 13 July 2019

phantasmic exploration of what it's like to write a poem and why; really nails that sense of it being something part of oneself like an umbilical cord! Exact and expressive; slightly scientifically harmonious too!

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Akhtar Jawad 15 February 2019

Where speech fails, poetry takes over. It's a common experience when we want to say something but we cannot say, we just recite a " Sheyr" (two lines of Persian/Urdu ghazal) . A great poem, a wonderful work.

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Khairul Ahsan 16 February 2019

Thank you, dear poet Akhtar Jawad, for reading an old poem of mine and appreciating it. Much inspired by your comment.

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