Treasure Island

Musfiq us shaleheen

(31st, December,1970 / Khulna, Bangladesh)

1971: A War of Liberation


After Nine month bloodshed-
A healthy baby born on low
laying part of the southern earth
Neo sediments overlaid on the
footprint of bloody rustic soldier boot
Kicked off by the freedom fighter,
my bro in the liberation WAR

Though wings were broken as if,
Feather looms were exhausted
Baby afflicted to smile herself with
priceless sun shines on the horizon

They demonstrated to doom young,
Cut off my culture and raped my sister
But could not smash my
religion and cultural sympathy,
Plays over through rivers
and songs by thousands of years

At the end of the day,
the bloody had no way to move
Finally killed our pen and poets
on a winter December of 1971
But they didn't know,
"War depends on moral courage"
I am the poet to say some
nuclear words for that bloody swain

Dark covered the horizon,
an endless misery of my mother
So my bro in arms and I am the
poet wait for the win in vain

Revenge takes my bro as if my
RED songs are singing sonorous thee
My baby should be free;
free very soon, new sun will appear…
On a green paper written by
my bro with ink of blood....

- Shaleheen,16th December,2013

Submitted: Tuesday, December 17, 2013
Edited: Wednesday, June 04, 2014

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Based on Liberation war at 1971: A War of Liberation..
Dedicated to the freedom fighter who infused their life to save our motherland.. Bangladesh..


- Shaleheen 16th December,2013, Dhaka

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  • Jayatissa K. Liyanage (7/13/2014 10:24:00 AM)

    A war waged during our days. We were watching it from the neighborhood and saw from our own eyes what happened. I feel for you. I value your feelings and they are the feelings of a patriot. Great poem, it is. (Report) Reply

  • Poetic Passion (1/11/2014 1:44:00 PM)

    A patriotic poem, nicely written...
    i liked the whole poem specially the last stanza..
    very mature. (Report) Reply

  • Unwritten Soul (12/26/2013 7:29:00 PM)

    Actually this tell me a bit about your country history, which is good for us to know and learn...But yes, war never been good to any, and we must learn that never say yes to war again..but when we need to protect, we should stand. The patriotic spirit in you, i hope many youngster from new generations in the future have the same one..because if history just let be an abandon tragedy, i afraid nothing we will learn, nothing we will gain but playing the past pain...and 1971 is just number with unknown event...a good poem to call many minds to know and reminder..sorry for late respond_Soul (Report) Reply

  • Oladehinde J. Ibikunle (12/25/2013 9:41:00 AM)

    It's a lovely, nice and great work of poetry. It's really nice to talk about real life happenings. It's about what I and you and all need. Freedom and peace!
    ...Oladehinde J. Ibikunle, Nigeria. (Report) Reply

  • Elias Uddin (12/24/2013 12:53:00 PM)

    My baby should be free;
    free very soon, new sun will appear…
    On a green paper written by
    my bro with ink of blood....

    Awaiting............................... (Report) Reply

  • Veeraiyah Subbulakshmi (12/24/2013 12:30:00 AM)

    the language was the real issue, as the west Pakistan administration had tried to introduce Urdu as the medium of instruction and they wondered where these black colored people came from, (a few of the guys I talked, acknowledged they had had Tamil ancestors) when the liberation war was fought in 1971 and thousands of brothers and sister had lost their life and respect to create the new land for People of East Bengal. Looking at the political situation, the inconvenience people face everyday, riots and protests almost every other month, the escalating price to make the poor people to suffer some more and many other issue, may force one to think why these independent people suffer in silence, though they make noise once in a while. I had gone to shawar, the war memorial place, a few hundred miles away from Dhaka and on the way I saw the mismanagement and beauty of the country side..wonderful poem except for the last stanza, which may promote violence. (Report) Reply

  • Herbert Guitang (12/23/2013 8:08:00 PM)

    I rated 10. An heroic poem. Thank you for sharing

    Kindly review any of my poems too.
    God bless (Report) Reply

  • Dinesh Nair (12/23/2013 7:58:00 PM)

    A war of liberation remembered after a long time! A patriotic write. But I believe the healthy baby born has to still grow in the economic sense. All the best for that in 2014. (Report) Reply

  • Patricia Grantham (12/23/2013 6:35:00 AM)

    A very intense poem written with such force and determination that
    it sinks deep into the emotions. The casualties of war brings on
    destruction and humiliation but out of that grows liberation and seeds
    of peace. Well written my fellow poet. (Report) Reply

  • Vizard Dhawan (12/19/2013 7:09:00 AM)

    Extraordinary poem! !

    Written with magical flow and lovely rhythmn, that I really loved about the poem,

    You have done a great job and a master talent is revealed..

    Who says Bangladeshis are talentless, I DISAGREE...

    Best wishes,
    Vishal (Report) Reply

  • Elizabeth Padillo Olesen (12/19/2013 6:21:00 AM)

    Very beautifully written, Musfiq. Written with deep emotions and conviction. I wonder if you could add more in the title 1971 because if you do, then your title will more invite and interest others to read and open it. Just 1971 is not so arresting. OF course, historically it has a deep meaning in your poem. But think of inserting a word or words into the title of 1971. Then you solicit immediate attention. (Report) Reply

  • Hazel Durham (12/18/2013 12:04:00 PM)

    I really love this poem full of the truth and stark reality of war so beautifully expressed in a classic style!
    A great dedication to the freedom fighter! (Report) Reply

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