Category: Literature

October 9th By Tanbina Siddiqui

October 9th By Tanbina Siddiqui

The irritating morning alarm disturbed my precious sleep but the seasonal rain boosted it up again. The sky was cold and grey and is very mysterious as if a dangerous storm was about to come and change the entire nature and me in some way. There is nothing better than...

Wislawa Szymborska – Some People

Wislawa Szymborska – Some People

Some people fleeing some other people.  In some country under the sun  and some clouds.  They leave behind some of their everything,  sown fields, some chickens, dogs,  mirrors in which fire now sees itself reflected.  On their backs are pitchers and bundles,  the emptier, the heavier from one day to...

Jalaluddin Rumi – How did you get away?

Jalaluddin Rumi – How did you get away?

How did you get away? You were the pet falcon of an old woman. Did you hear the falcon-drum? You were a drunken songbird put in with owls. Did you smell the odor of a garden? You got tired of sour fermenting and left the tavern. You went like an...

My Friend Rashed –  Kazi Falguni Eshita

My Friend Rashed – Kazi Falguni Eshita

“Okay, so perimeter is the border around anything, right, Abba?” Dana asked, still concentrated on the geometric figures spread in front of her. “Yes, princess. Can you tell me what area is?” “Umm…it’s like, the amount of space inside a shape.” Alam Haque ran a hand through his daughter’s thick...

Rudyard Kipling – The Answer

Rudyard Kipling – The Answer

A Rose, in tatters on the garden path, Cried out to God and murmured ‘gainst His Wrath, Because a sudden wind at twilight’s hush Had snapped her stem alone of all the bush. And God, Who hears both sun-dried dust and sun, Had pity, whispering to that luckless one, “Sister,...

Jalaluddin Rumi – Reality And Appearance

Jalaluddin Rumi – Reality And Appearance

‘Tis light makes colour visible: at night Red, greene, and russet vanish from thy sight. So to thee light by darness is made known: Since God hat none, He, seeing all, denies Himself eternally to mortal eyes. From the dark jungle as a tiger bright, Form from the viewless Spirit...

Courage – Tanbina Siddiqui

Courage – Tanbina Siddiqui

The sky is cloudy again, everything is so dark and grey. It’s just two in the afternoon yet it feels like a dark cold night. I knew the electricity would go off so I managed some candles and a match stick beforehand. I lit the candle and went to check...

Ralph Waldo Emerson – Loss and Gain

Ralph Waldo Emerson – Loss and Gain

Virtue runs before the muse And defies her skill, She is rapt, and doth refuse To wait a painter’s will. Star-adoring, occupied, Virtue cannot bend her, Just to please a poet’s pride, To parade her splendor. The bard must be with good intent No more his, but hers, Throw away...

Muhyiddin ibn Arabi – As Night Let its Curtains Down in Folds

Muhyiddin ibn Arabi – As Night Let its Curtains Down in Folds

Peace, Salma, and peace to those who halt awhile at al-Hima. It is right for one like me to greet you. Would it have hurt her to return the greeting? Ah, but a statuette goddess is beyond control. They left as night let its curtains down in folds. I told...

Muhyiddin Ibn Arabi – My Heart Has Become Able

Muhyiddin Ibn Arabi – My Heart Has Become Able

My heart has become able To take on all forms. It is a pasture for gazelles, For monks an abbey. It is a temple for idols And for whoever circumambulates it, the Kaaba. It is the tablets of the Torah And also the leaves of the Koran. I believe in...

Walt Whitman – Weave in, My Hardy Life

Walt Whitman – Weave in, My Hardy Life

Weave in, weave in, my hardy life, Weave yet a soldier strong and full for great campaigns to come, Weave in red blood, weave sinews in like ropes, the senses, sight weave in, Weave lasting sure, weave day and night the weft, the warp, incessant weave, tire not, (We know...

Guilty Eye – Golam Kibria

Guilty Eye – Golam Kibria

“Hey, Nida, ” Kezban tried to catch my face. But I acted like nothing happened. At last kezban crossed the road and grabbed my hand.  “Why avoiding us? ” Oh Eda is also with her. I didn’t notice her before. Kezban and Nida are my friends. “I’d better be going,...

Ralph Waldo Emerson  –  The Visit

Ralph Waldo Emerson – The Visit

Askest “How long thou shall stay?” Devastator of the day! Know, each substance and relation Thorough nature’s operation, Hath its unit, bound, and metre, And every new compound Is some product and repeater, Product of the early found. But the unit of the visit, The encounter of the wise, Say...

Jalaluddin Rumi  –  I am part of the load

Jalaluddin Rumi – I am part of the load

I am part of the load Not rightly balanced I drop off in the grass, like the old Cave-sleepers, to browse wherever I fall. For hundreds of thousands of years I have been dust-grains floating and flying in the will of the air,  often forgetting ever being in that state,...

Walt Whitman – Shut Not Your Doors to Me Proud Libraries

Walt Whitman – Shut Not Your Doors to Me Proud Libraries

Shut not your doors to me, proud libraries, For that which was lacking among you all, yet needed most, I bring; A book I have made for your dear sake, O soldiers, And for you, O soul of man, and you, love of comrades; The words of my book nothing,...

Ibn Araby – The hand of trial

Ibn Araby – The hand of trial

I wonder at the house He has built and shaped, placing therein a noble spirit, putting it to the trial. He destroyed it utterly, as if He had not built it. Who can put it together for me, who can make it last? He knew full well what He had...

A Pair of Shoes  – Khadiza Binte Mostafiz

A Pair of Shoes  – Khadiza Binte Mostafiz

“Hey Jashim, Look what I found.” “You are so lucky, Zaid. This shoe almost looks brand new. I wonder why they threw it into the dustbin. Must be nice being rich. You can dump your good shoe and buy a new one. You are really lucky, you know. You can sell...

One-time life

One-time life – Muhammad Saifuddin

They say you get your life for once only So, enjoy it, Seize the moment. But it’s not true. You, with every passing second, get a new breath meet new people, greet new environments, breed new plants, gain new creeds. Even your old possessions become newer by becoming older with...

Mr. Season – Kazi Falguni Eshita

Mr. Season – Kazi Falguni Eshita

He’s about ten years younger to me. That’s what attracts me to him, you see. I call him Season, that’s what his name means, A sibling from a different set of parents he seems. He’s almost a skeleton, with the face of a child. I have to be loving, or...

Walt Whitman । Song of the Open Road, I

Walt Whitman । Song of the Open Road, I

Afoot and light-hearted I take to the open road, Healthy, free, the world before me, The long brown path before me leading wherever I choose.  Henceforth I ask not good-fortune, I myself am good-fortune, Henceforth I whimper no more, postpone no more, need nothing, Done with indoor complaints, libraries, querulous...