May 21, 2013 | 09:46 PM (BD Time)
21 May, 2013 Tuesday
The world's way
Tired with all these, for restful death I cry-
As, to behold desert a beggar born,
And needy nothing trimm' d in jollity,
And purest faith unhappily forsworn,
And gilded honour shamefully misplaced,
And maiden virtue rudely strumpeted,
And right perfection wrongfully disgraced,
And strength by limping sway disabled,
And art made tongue-tied by authority,
And folly, doctor-like, controlling skill,
And simple truth miscall'd simplicity,
And captive Good attending captain Ill:-
-Tired with all these, from these would I be gone,
Save that, to die, I leave my Love alone.
On a New Year
M. Mizanur Rahman
When a year ends,
as it were, a new span of life
expands touching another year.
But it does not mean that the old one is left aside.
You cannot throwaway anything that is old
but attach those who are always good and useful
like precious gold.
That means you are embracing the old
anew from the beginning of another year.
It happens that whom I found last year
has been living till now.
Time and again I see many of them
who are moving about me
embodied but living beings.
As it were, it's not always possible
to remain attached to all those old ones;
still many an old episodes like reminiscence
of parents stick to everyone's mind.
In human habitation, many an old trees stand
by the waysides, in courtyards, forests,
woods and jungles and give us shades.
Sometimes, they also bear flowers and fruits;
Some of them, though, may no longer bear
flowers and fruits but they give shelters
to bees to make their hive;
in order to frame the pleasant stupor of life.
Also some stray-birds take rest on their branches
and sometimes they make their nests there
and use to come and go.
Those who are old and decrepit, and sad people,
they also become pleasant at the advent
of the new one.
Like those trees that bear blithe leaves anew
after the fallen ones;
their hearts are also awaken
by hopes and aspirations with new dreams.
Time and tide of life go circling like this way
Still everyone welcomes the new
and starts for a new beginning
Thus the time of varied almanac is entwined
in human history.
On the waves of life and death
there remains truth and falsehood, faith and infidelity,
sorrow and happiness, union and separation
and after all, therein lies also the freedom of pleasure
in the breath of desires into the vast expanse of eternity.
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