Shahabuddin Nagari

(6 October 1955 - / Shibganj, Chapai Nawabganj / Bangladesh)

Last Utterance - Poem by Shahabuddin Nagari

Also give me a river with cool continuous flowing water
I will swim in the water and in the moon light
I’ll touch the blue sky and become green, drink
Black cloud and become a vast waterbed, I’ll break
The full moon into pieces with the hammer and
Build a palace on the sand shoal. In the midnight
When the sand bank will wake up in bright light
As if a bride wakes up with the melody of sehnai
The walls of marriage-house illuminates with fireworks
I’ll also bathe with the springs of melody and light
With clasped hands I begged for my life
Human life is dearer to human being itself
Still they didn’t listen to me, they bounded my hands
And legs with metal chain and said, last destination
For the sinners are oven of fire and God has allotted
Haviah Dozokh, this function is arranged to enjoy
Your results. This celebration in only for you
But I saw those who threw me in the fire were not humans
Just like donkey they resembled, they shouted with
Their eyes and ears, sub-humans like Pariah dogs
Burning down into ashes, I was reciting sacred scriptures
Of Allah, at this time a gusty wind is flying away all the ashes
Of the oven and I felt that vitality of a life is so tine a dot
Even a tree can live longer that human beings . . .
If I am born again, I want to be a tree.

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Poem Submitted: Friday, May 25, 2012

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