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Khairul Ahsan


A Poet's Dilemma With Truth


Whatever the poet's eyes see,
And his mind imagines,
And his pen elaborates,
Or whatever is written,
In his unseen note book,
Are all true and beautiful?

The poet knows deep in his heart,
The colorful lotus that dances afloat,
Has her root anchored in the dirty mud.
Only above water she blossoms from the bud.

'Beauty is truth, truth beauty',
Poets glorify beauty with truth.
knowing or not, the root of beauty,
May lie buried in ugliness, in sooth.


Dhaka
06 July 2013
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Submitted: Saturday, July 06, 2013
Edited: Thursday, June 26, 2014

Topic of this poem: truth


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Translation of my own poem in Bangla, little edited.

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  • Rookie - 399 Points Abegail Kyla Bilan (12/11/2014 10:10:00 PM)

    A very impressive and expressive poem and poet... You actually shouted what really is inside your heart without any hesitation and branches. It goes directly to what poets and our connections are. You're such a great model to inspire me to write more from what I REALLY feel as a poet. Applause to you! (Report) Reply

  • Veteran Poet - 2,578 Points Achill Lad (9/22/2014 2:01:00 PM)

    Once again this is good writing. I would like to make a comment though without being critical of the poem.
    Truth is always beauty, always has been, always will be.
    Beauty, however, is not always truth. Beauty is sometimes merely skin deep. Sometimes we need to look beneath the surface. Many unattractive people have hearts of gold, that's where their beauty lies, deep within.
    Dirt, mud, clay, earth, may seem ugly but they sustain micro-organisms without which mankind would perish. even the ugly things on earth have their inner beauty, you just have to peep beneath the surface.
    While i don't entirely agree with the...beauty is truth.... element of your poem, it still sends out a powerful message. An enjoyable read. (Report) Reply

  • Veteran Poet - 3,927 Points Khairul Ahsan (6/25/2014 5:03:00 AM)

    @Debra Robinson
    Thank you very much for reading my poem and leaving your thoughtful comment here.
    I am truly inspired. (Report) Reply

  • Veteran Poet - 3,927 Points Khairul Ahsan (6/25/2014 3:21:00 AM)

    @Ruma Chaudhuri
    Thank you very much for reading my poem and evaluating it so generously. I am highly elated, specially by your likening my thoughts and reflections to poet Kazi Nazrul Islam's 'Jadi ar banshi na baje'. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Debra Robinson (6/14/2014 11:43:00 AM)

    Beautiful.... It is a lovely way of conveying some important life lessons and finding appreciation in them. What I like most about this is that it permits the reader to explore their own relationship with the journey of their own thoughts. (Report) Reply

  • Veteran Poet - 3,927 Points Khairul Ahsan (5/9/2014 5:01:00 AM)

    @Mihaela Pirjol
    Thank you very much for your kind, appreciative comment on my poem. I am truly inspired. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 529 Points Ruma Chaudhuri (4/24/2014 1:12:00 PM)

    Whatever the poet's eyes see,
    And his mind imagines,
    And his pen elaborates,
    Or whatever is written,
    In his unseen note book,
    Are all true and beautiful? ....
    Yes. This is a beautiful thought and the reflection of that.
    Same as Kazi Nazrul Islam told in his poem, 'Jadi ar banshi na baje'.


    The poet knows deep in his heart,
    The colorful lotus that dances afloat,
    Has her root anchored in the dirty mud.
    Only above water she blossoms from the bud.
    Excellent.

    'Beauty is truth, truth beauty',
    Poets glorify beauty with truth.
    knowing or not, the root of beauty,
    May lie buried in ugliness, in sooth.
    Really an excellent thought as well as rhythm and words.
    I really love the poem.
    Specially the line...'Poets glorify beauty with truth.
    knowing or not, the root of beauty,
    Thanks for sharing.Ruma (Report) Reply

  • Veteran Poet - 3,927 Points Khairul Ahsan (4/12/2014 11:28:00 AM)

    @Happy Place,
    Thank you very.much for reading my poem and sharing your thoughts.
    Much obliged. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 50 Points Happy Place (4/9/2014 8:41:00 AM)

    Love this part: 'Beauty is truth, truth beauty'. Beauty is subjective and depends on how or where you look at it. (Report) Reply

  • Veteran Poet - 3,927 Points Khairul Ahsan (12/29/2013 11:47:00 AM)

    @ Beauteous Victory,
    Thank you so much for your generous appreciation. You also inspire me with your comments.
    Thank you. (Report) Reply

  • Veteran Poet - 3,927 Points Khairul Ahsan (10/18/2013 8:32:00 AM)

    @ A Reynolds,
    Thank you very much for your thoughtful comment on my poem. It's deep and reflective.
    I am also impressed by your humility. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 72 Points A Reynolds (10/17/2013 10:46:00 PM)

    For me poetry is sometimes a way to express feelings that are too scary to look at in other lights. It helps me straighten out my head and purge anything that might be holding me down in life. Thank you for this poem it articulates what I mean by that much better than I do. (Report) Reply

  • Veteran Poet - 3,927 Points Khairul Ahsan (9/22/2013 11:08:00 AM)

    @ Wahab Abdul,
    Thanks for your comment. The job of exploring the unexplored may be jointly undertaken by poets and scientists. (Report) Reply

  • Freshman - 2,123 Points Wahab Abdul (9/22/2013 9:55:00 AM)

    to me a poet has nothing to do with beauty and truth, what does a poet do (should do) is to explore what remain till date unexplored..... (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 117 Points Amanda Laurent (9/6/2013 9:47:00 AM)

    So inspiring, it is in poetry that the ugly truth expressed, becomes beautiful in the poet's own mind and to the world. The poem creates an enchanting image as well. (Report) Reply

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