A poet always has a way with language. They can express in words, emotions which only reside in your thoughts. I was never fond of poetry until my mother's death. After she was gone, words pierces my heart like a sharp arrow. Everything I feel is magnified ten folds. I can feel moments.

My first poet was Rabindranath Tagore. I read his rhymes in school and he was the only one I ever liked. Many Rabindranath lover would say that you should always read is works in Bengali to feel the power of words, but I prefer reading it in a language that I can relate to, that is of course English! Being a Bengali I am not proud to say this but this is a fact!

My mother was also a very good poet. After her death, my father and me collected all the poems she had written in her lifetime and published a short book in her honor.

One of my mother's poem

The book that me and my dad published for my mother

One of her poem's again

If I could write poetry I would, but till then Rumi will speak my heart. The following poem is for someone who is very special to me, gave me strength and inspiration to be strong again. I love you with all my heart.

I asked you for one kiss, you gave me six.
What teacher taught you, that you're such an expert?
You're so deep a source of goodness, so kind
That you've set the world free a thousand times.

#1993, from Rumi's Kolliyaat-e Shams-e Tabrizi
Edited by Badiozzaman Forouzanfar (Tehran, Amir Kabir, 1988)
Translated by Zara Houshmand

Not everyone can juggle words, but I think we are all poets in our mind.


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