Nazmul Haque

Rookie - 43 Points (1st March,1978 / Sirajgang, Bangladesh)

The Concrete And The Abstract - Poem by Nazmul Haque

The concrete is visible,
the abstract is invisible.
The concrete is the outside,
the abstract is the inside.
The concrete is objective,
the abstract is subjective.

People go on searching for
God in the concrete.
'We would like to see God'
-they say.

But only the concrete can be seen;
the abstract has to be felt.
The concrete can be seen-
with the eyes open,
the abstract has to be seen-
with eyes closed.

God is inside you, as you.
You cannot stand outside God
and see Him;
you can see Him
only from the inside-
by being Him.

If you see a flower,
you can look at it scientifically.
You look at the chemistry of it,
You dissect it and
you come to know
about the components of it.

But something is missed
in that very analysis.
The beauty is missed,
because beauty is not a component.
If you ask the scientist -
'Where is the beauty that was in the flower? ’ he will say-
'That was not there,
it was just an illusion.'

'I have dissected it-
all and all,
and these are the things
that I have found.
These chemicals were there,
this matter was there,
these atoms, these molecules....
but there was no beauty.'

But when the scientist
gives the flower to his wife,
he knows deep within his heart
he is not giving her
something chemical,
He is giving to her
the beauty of the flower.

A poet said -
'Beauty lies in the eyes of the beholder',
But I say it lies in the heart of the lover.
That beauty is not be seen,
it has to be felt,
not from the outside,
but from the inside
by being the flower itself.

Comments about The Concrete And The Abstract by Nazmul Haque

  • (7/6/2013 6:36:00 PM)

    This is the kind of poetry I aim to produce but fail. It not only made me smile but made me think about the concepts involved. Very good work. (Report)Reply

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  • (10/13/2011 11:00:00 AM)

    God is inside us, so we are godlike - the idea of the poet is quite unique. As the beauty of a rose is inseparable yet invisible, so God is within us- I like the concept of the poem very much. (Report)Reply

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  • (10/13/2011 7:29:00 AM)

    This is an unparallel poem which opens up the mind's eye. Thanks to the poet. (Report)Reply

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Poem Submitted: Thursday, October 13, 2011

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