January 23, 2018

Poem: It’s Well that I Still Live


It’s Well that I Still Live

by Shahinur Islam

Don’t ask me how I am.

It’s well that I still live.

Amid the dusty world, in quest of great beauty

I still go on endless;

it is well.

In the scratches of thorns across the whole body

pain raises my family well.

It’s well that I still live.

Don’t ask me how I am.

Endless wailings each day disconcert all my heart—

peace does remain missing.

Yet it’s well that I live.

Now each and every room is full of restrictions;

there’s no trace of freedom.

It’s well that with this I still live.

Don’t ask me how I am.

Death rules every moment of life

and who knows when it will issue decree!

It’s well that I still live.

On the way of moving I just have a narrow escape,

and then remains only its trace.

It’s well that I still live.

Don’t ask me how I am.

Ram, Rahim, John now live in my memory alone;

they’ve gone to the unknown land.

Yet it’s well that I live.

The few closer people I had live now so far;

my mind bears pangs and pain.

Yet it’s well that I live.

Yet let them live some more time who still do.

Yet let Time play some more music on their heart-strings.

Let some more happiness and sorrow make them swing;

let some more pleasure and pain stir waves in them, O forgetful!

There are so many wailings, so many denials, so many pains;

yet let there be some more talks for some more time

and tales of life be written with some more colours of dreams.

Let’s creep up as we wish for some more time, O light-creepers!


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