Treasure Island

Sayeed Abubakar

(21 September 1972 / Jessore / Bangladesh)

A Strange Boy

An innocent boy leaving the lap of mom
opened his fearful eyes in the war-trodden world,
and asked in a depressed voice, 'Where have I come? '
I told him the name of the earth.

The boy looked at the corners of the earth
and with wonder and pain, seeing the towns and paths
full of corpses and heart-rending bloods
he further said,
'Tell me how man lives in this hell.'

I said to him, 'Oh, it's a shame!
Where is man in this hell? '

Translated from Bangla by Nazib Wadood


Un niño extraño

Un niño inocente saliendo del regazo de mama
Abrió sus temeroso ojos en el mundo pisoteado por la guerra,
Y dijo con voz deprimente, '¿De dónde vengo? '
Le dije el nombre de la tierra.

El niño miró en los rincones de la tierra
Y con asombro y dolor, viendo las ciudades y caminos
Llenos de cadáveres y sangrientos corazones desgarrados
Ademas dijo,
'Dime cómo el hombre vive en este infierno.

Yo le dije, 'Oh, es una pena!
¿Dónde estás viendo hombre en este infierno? '

Traducido por Alma Lorena Lopez Velazquez
[Translation of Bangla poem 'Aschorjo Balok' taken from the poet's first book 'Pronoyer Prothom Pap' (1996) ]

Submitted: Wednesday, March 30, 2011
Edited: Monday, August 04, 2014

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  • Akhtar Jawad (7/4/2014 2:00:00 PM)

    A great poem, I would like to read the original one in Bengali. (Report) Reply

    Sayeed Abubakar (7/4/2014 5:08:00 PM)

    Thanks, dear friend. Do you know Bengali? It's in my first book Pronoyer Prathom Pap. I can send it to you if you wish, through e-mail.

  • Neela Nath (6/21/2014 7:58:00 AM)

    It remind me another poem though of different thought, Ulongo Raja(The Naked King) by Nirendranath Chakrabarty.Thanks for sharing this fabulous poem. (Report) Reply

    Sayeed Abubakar (6/24/2014 9:53:00 AM)

    Many many thanks, my dear Didi, having seen you here.

  • Wahab Abdul (5/20/2013 9:33:00 AM)

    this is an anti - war poem...the sentiment created and pushed up nicely.. like it (Report) Reply

  • Selim Reza (1/11/2013 7:35:00 AM)

    Actually it is a strange poem that deals with the real fact in human life.i like the poem very much and salute to the poet. (Report) Reply

  • Hazel Durham (11/26/2012 5:41:00 AM)

    A very thought provoking poem, killing doesn't make a man it destroys a man! Great write! ! (Report) Reply

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