Sayeed Abubakar

Gold Star - 18,722 Points (21 September 1972 / Jessore / Bangladesh)

Poem Of Hatred

Poem by Sayeed Abubakar

When, like cancer, people fear war and death
as a rat fears a cat;
when people detest war and death
like a dead rotten rat that spreads intolerable bad smell
which way a mad dog detests water for its hydrophobia;
when a bright city crowded like a river full to the brim
gets vacant all on a sudden just after seeing a gun-
what can the city be named then?

Avoiding war is the nature of the Queen of Sheba
because a woman means getting boiled like an egg
lying under the aggressive virility of a man
surrendering completely to his lust;
and a man is always like the King Solomon,
at whose beckoning with finger the Queen of Sheba
along with her state gets belonged to him.
But what a city is it, where the disgraced men
hearing the name of war enter the latrines running fast
like the patients of diarrhoea?
What an ill-fated country is it, where men and women
calumniate the war in their sky-rending chorus?

In ancient days women chose only knights and warriors
as their bridegrooms; and for their beloved heroes,
they made ready their shields and swords
so that they could leap into the fathomless beauty of war
if the battle-drum was heard beating.
When they returned to their homes, their wives welcomed them
laying their hearts and tears of eyes under their feet.
If they got martyred, the wives felt proud of losing their husbands,
as the full Moon feels proud of sacrificing her light for the earth.

When a woman gets inclined only to her body,
when no noble thought can enter her brain
except the thought of her uterus, only then
she clasps her bed-mate like pincers
listening to the sweet slogan of a procession.

But tell me, o ass men, which cancer makes men such boneless
like earth-worms? Being affected by which tuberculosis,
men start shouting heart and soul like asses, saying 'Save! Save! '
listening to the maddening war-song in the air and the sky?

When people detest war and death
like a dead rotten rat that spreads intolerable bad smell
which way a mad dog detests water for its hydrophobia, -
that habitation then can be called a country of worthless people
where the sun should not rise ever, it should not rain
and crops should not grow in the fields.

Poet's Notes about The Poem

It is a revolutionary poem composed in a mood of satire.

Comments about Poem Of Hatred by Sayeed Abubakar

  • Sayeed AbubakarSayeed Abubakar (10/18/2015 11:20:00 AM)

    Elements of Poetry Affect the Theme in “Poem of Hatred”Tran 1
    Vivian Tran
    Honors English 10
    March 3,2014.

    The poem “Poem of Hatred, ” by Sayeed Abubakar centers on the idea of the stupidity and vices of humanity. The poem itself gives a revolutionary call, and the poet conveys his message by using politics and the psychological behavior of humans. His strong use of words draws out the reader’s emotions, and allows them to comprehend the dark theme of the overall poem. Each stanza also contains a variety of different sub-topics, which can vary from historical events to the overall behavior of humans, seen as a society. The emotion plays as a trigger that helps the reader comprehend the poem clearly. Many elements are building blocks to his poems. Therefore, the major elements Abubakar implements into his work affect how the readers comprehend the theme because his strong use of diction, the various uses of figure of speeches, and the clear imagery presented throughout the poem.

    The selection of words used within “Poem of Hatred, ” expresses the main point of the poem. The most commonly used word in the whole poem is “fear”. The use of “fear” is a word commonly associated with the tone of hatred and dark themes. Multiple words also harbor the idea of fear, as seen through the line, “Which way a mad dog detests water for its hydrophobia” (Abubakar 1) . The word “hydrophobia” itself, literally means the “fear of water”. Rather than using the word “thirst”, the poet implies the dog has a serious and ironic disability, while the word “thirst” could simply imply the dog has a minor craving for fluids. Readers can feel the mood of the poem, given the various deep, melancholy words. Abubakar also includes many irreversible and incurable diseases humans face to darken the mood as a whole. “But tell me, o ass men. Which cancer makes men such boneless like earth-worms? Being affected by tuberculosis” (Abubakar 5) . Diseases such as cancer, ...(Report)Reply

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  • Hasan Haskovic (12/11/2012 4:20:00 PM)

    Not bad, pretty good actually.(Report)Reply

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  • Hazel DurhamHazel Durham (12/9/2012 8:37:00 AM)

    Amazing language colourful, rich, potent, sensual and so powerful hits you straight between the eyes! Inspired write!(Report)Reply

    Sayeed AbubakarSayeed Abubakar(1/26/2015 8:26:00 AM)

    Hazel, your comment is always important to me.

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  • Zakaria HossainZakaria Hossain (5/22/2012 3:10:00 PM)

    I lose my language. Reading this poem, I got emotional. I only want to say that it is a wonderful poem.(Report)Reply

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  • Saadat TahirSaadat Tahir (5/13/2012 4:15:00 PM)

    Thanks for the kind invite, mate...honored!

    The ideas expressed in the poem make a lot of sense.
    I hope the war mongers and politicos try to listen to saner voices...
    Then……maybe....some lil mouths will sleep tucked and secure on a fuller belly....

    be happy..great feelings and inspiration


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Poem Submitted: Friday, May 11, 2012

Poem Edited: Friday, May 11, 2012