poet Rahman Henry

Rahman Henry

Travelling Experience

I have a little experience of travelling the world.
I even don’t know how to jump
And never stood before a waterfall for real
But nowadays in my sleep
I’ve weird dreams, none of them happens
in the soil of my land

The night before last
I was drowning in the Victoria Fall in my dream
Did you think I was trying hard and fast to float?
I didn’t-how could I benefit?

I had my confidence in the laws of physics
when it comes to floating
how it works for matter and liquid
I knew I was drowning
I even didn’t throw my hands and feet
I was stoic
I was breathing the water in the fall
in my sleep
in the dream-
I was drowning.

I was trying but my memory didn’t help
the ‘kolemah’ I knew by heart
didn’t come to me

But I remember
I uttered your name three times
before I drowned.



* Translated from original (Bengali) to English by RAZIA SULTANA

Topic(s) of this poem: love and life

Poem Submitted: Monday, August 24, 2015
Poem Edited: Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Form: Free Verse


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* Translated from original (Bengali) to English by RAZIA SULTANA

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  • Edward Kofi LouisEdward Kofi Louis (5/17/2017 9:31:00 AM)

    In my sleep! Thanks for sharing.

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  • Shahin LatifShahin Latif (12/9/2015 1:20:00 PM)

    Excellent translate. Heartiest thanks Razia Sultana.

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  • Razia Pell (11/15/2015 6:59:00 AM)

    Thanks for all the comments. Rahman Henry is the maker and I, Razia Pell (Razia Sultana) am the translator of the poem. Our combined efforts came as a success. Nice to know!

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  • Wild Horse (11/6/2015 2:49:00 AM)

    Very good traslation by Razia Sultana.....

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  • Wild Horse (11/6/2015 2:48:00 AM)

    I got the taste even in English language.

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  • Wild Horse (11/6/2015 2:40:00 AM)

    The beauty of a love poem......(10) .....

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  • Photon Roy (10/19/2015 4:56:00 AM)

    I was trying but my memory didn’t help
    the ‘kolemah’ I knew by heart
    didn’t come to me

    But I remember
    I uttered your name three times
    before I drowned.

    A WELL PENNED LOVE POEM. I LOVE THIS POEM.

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    Rahman HenryRahman Henry(10/20/2015 5:19:00 AM)

    I wish all the best for you.

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  • Elizabeth Padillo OlesenElizabeth Padillo Olesen (9/18/2015 4:16:00 AM)

    Entertaining piece. Travelling, drowning, sinking in memories and yet still able to utter a very special name!

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    Rahman HenryRahman Henry(10/9/2015 2:02:00 AM)

    Thanks a lot, dear poet. I'm happy and blessed with your comment.

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  • Daniel BrickDaniel Brick (9/6/2015 4:12:00 PM)

    You describe yourself as stoic in the dream. As I read it I was terrified. And my terror was not of the horror movie variety. No! It was the quiet terror of witnessing your own death in a dream and not knowing if the dream is a random fear, a passing prophecy, an air bubble. I experienced a sustained moment of existential anxiety due to your powerful imagery. Even now the anxiety has passed but not the awareness it gave me.

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    Rahman HenryRahman Henry(9/6/2015 11:15:00 PM)

    You have made an important comment about this simple poem which will help me a lot, dear poet. Love and wishes.

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  • Hazel DurhamHazel Durham (9/6/2015 6:27:00 AM)

    Wow! A superb write so compelling with the curiousty of what your dream means with a great ending!

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    Rahman HenryRahman Henry(9/6/2015 11:15:00 PM)

    My cordial wish and love for you, my dear poet.

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  • Bharati NayakBharati Nayak (9/6/2015 1:47:00 AM)

    The poem seems to talk about some ovrwhelming feelings that takes over the poet.He does not try to come out of it, rather surrenders as he says- - I was breathing the water in the fall
    In my sleep
    In my dream
    I was drowning.
    At that moment nothing he learnt previously was helping.Perhaps he was calling his savior or some one very dear before drowning..A lovely poem with a bit of mystery makes an interesting read.

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    Rahman HenryRahman Henry(9/6/2015 5:28:00 AM)

    ThankS a lot, dear poet! Really its an inspiring comment for me. And, they way of your analysis makes me astonished, how perfectly you can go to the deeper end! wisheS.

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  • Rahman HenryRahman Henry (8/26/2015 10:28:00 AM)

    Thanks a lot, dear poet. Your comment is a real inspiration for me.

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  • Kumarmani MahakulKumarmani Mahakul (8/24/2015 1:20:00 AM)

    Travelling the world with little experience and confidence is amazing in imagery drawn here. Interesting poem shared really....10

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    Rahman HenryRahman Henry(9/4/2015 3:03:00 PM)

    I'm grateful. Thanks a lot, dear poet. your comment is valuable for me.

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