Khairul Ahsan


You Are Not A Poet


When hurt, a person cries.
When bereaved, a person wails.
When broken down, a person sobs.
When cheated in love, a person weeps.
You are not a poet, if you cannot understand,
All these cries, wails, fits of sobbing or silent weeping.

A drop of tear may look
Like a pearl when it hangs from an eye.
The beholder knows how difficult it is to hold
Or suppress a falling tear. Desperately s/he wishes
The tear to dry off before it rolls down or is seen by others.
You are not a poet, if you do not see the pain behind the pearl.

When the voice is muted, the eyes speak.
When both are lost by distance, a person writes.
When the pen stops, the piano lends voice to the
Feelings of the heart. The unspoken words are then
Narrated through the variations of the musical notes.
You are not a poet, if you cannot translate the tune.

Submitted: Sunday, February 16, 2014
Edited: Sunday, February 16, 2014

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Dhaka
16 February 2014
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  • Bronze Star - 6,058 Points Khairul Ahsan (2/1/2015 8:01:00 PM)

    @Susmita Kumari
    I am highly pleased by your understanding of my poem. Thanks for sharing your thoughts on the poem and the generous appreciation of it. I am greatly inspired by such kind and appreciative words. (Report) Reply

  • Bronze Star - 6,058 Points Khairul Ahsan (2/1/2015 11:54:00 AM)

    @Nalini Jyotsana Chaturvedi,
    Thanks for reading and appreciating my poem. I quite agree with you that 'you are not a human if you cannot read the subliminal messages that tears send out to other humans'- very well said, dear poet. (Report) Reply

  • Bronze Star - 6,058 Points Khairul Ahsan (2/1/2015 9:19:00 AM)

    @Kirti Sharma,
    Thanks for reading my poem and leaving your thoughtful comment there. I appreciate. I am much obliged, much inspired. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 259 Points Susmita Kumari (1/15/2015 8:36:00 PM)

    there are so many lines that i loved so much.....like When the voice is muted, the eyes speak......how elegantly u expressed it......it's really awesome.....
    and ofcourse a poet is one who is able to understand, interpret the words that others can't do...really sir good job! ! ! ! (Report) Reply

  • Veteran Poet - 2,578 Points Achill Lad (9/22/2014 10:10:00 AM)

    Wails, cries, sobbing, weeping can all be superficial and false. I think the essence of true poetry is the ability to read, interpret and to paint with words the true definition of the soul, not forgetting nature. Well written though. (Report) Reply

  • Veteran Poet - 4,961 Points Electric Lady (7/21/2014 1:38:00 PM)

    You are a lovely poet. Superb. (Report) Reply

    Bronze Star - 6,058 Points Khairul Ahsan (2/1/2015 3:50:00 AM)

    Thank you very much. I appreciate your kind words about me.

  • Veteran Poet - 3,042 Points Nalini Jyotsana Chaturvedi (7/18/2014 12:26:00 PM)

    How beautifully said...I feel you are not a human if you cannot read the subliminal messages that tears send out to other humans (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 127 Points Kirti Sharma (6/27/2014 4:48:00 PM)

    beautiful! ! !
    a poet is the one who understands what is not understood by others... (Report) Reply

  • Bronze Star - 6,058 Points Khairul Ahsan (6/21/2014 10:20:00 AM)

    @Kevin Patrick,
    Thanks for your high praise of my poem. I appreciate your very generous, appreciative comment.
    Truly inspired, thanks! (Report) Reply

  • Bronze Star - 6,058 Points Khairul Ahsan (6/18/2014 10:36:00 PM)

    @Ruma C
    Thank you very much for reading my poem and expressing your appreciation.
    Much obliged, much inspired. (Report) Reply

  • Bronze Star - 6,058 Points Khairul Ahsan (6/18/2014 10:06:00 PM)

    @Bodrul Alam,
    Thank you very much for reading my poem and sharing your thoughts.
    I appreciate this kind gesture. (Report) Reply

  • Bronze Star - 6,058 Points Khairul Ahsan (6/18/2014 9:24:00 PM)

    @Jackie Osae
    Thank you so much for reading my poem and expressing your appreciation so generously. I am much inspired, much obliged. (Report) Reply

  • Bronze Star - 6,058 Points Khairul Ahsan (6/18/2014 8:55:00 PM)

    @Roseann Shawiak
    Thank you so much for reading my poem and expressing your appreciation so generously.
    Much obliged, much inspired. Thank you. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 0 Points Bodrul Alam (6/17/2014 7:20:00 AM)

    It sounds sweeter than the Bengali one. Really found myself hypnotized after going through it's words four times back to back. Really If I fail to translate the tune of so called all types of feelings, that's my failure not only to be a poet, but a sensible human being too. (Report) Reply

  • Bronze Star - 6,058 Points Khairul Ahsan (6/11/2014 12:14:00 PM)

    @Catherine Hendry
    Thanks for bestowing the old Arab proverb on me, I am truly honored by your more than generous compliment. Few poets are lucky to receive such accolades from fellow poets. Thanks for the generosity. (Report) Reply

  • Bronze Star - 6,058 Points Khairul Ahsan (6/10/2014 11:41:00 PM)

    @Savita Tyagi
    Thank you so much for your thoughtful comments on my poem.
    I am truly inspired by your caring thoughts. (Report) Reply

  • Bronze Star - 6,058 Points Khairul Ahsan (6/7/2014 10:18:00 PM)

    @Nia Schexnider
    Thank you very much for reading my poem and appreciating it.
    Much obliged. (Report) Reply

  • Bronze Star - 6,058 Points Khairul Ahsan (6/6/2014 12:44:00 PM)

    @Mary Forrester
    Thank you very much for your kind appreciation of my poem.
    I am really inspired. (Report) Reply

  • Freshman - 1,849 Points Kevin Patrick (6/5/2014 5:48:00 PM)

    A truly stupendous work, which has elegant imagery that easily slips inside the mind, my favourite was your description as tears as pearls, quite enchanting and serene, but the whole thing had great depth of what it means to be a poet. Bravo on a wonderful job (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 543 Points Ruma Chaudhuri (6/3/2014 8:45:00 AM)

    Excellent. Its really beautiful poem. I like love and recite again and again.
    Ruma (Report) Reply

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