Translated by Fakrul Alam
Look! Look outside
Behold the state of the world
Poles once propped up the powerful and the proud
Now they have all gone now, destroyed by a virus!
Oh humans, don't you see the human side
Don't you understand what life is all about?
In honing your knife
You've lost your armor!
Now one can't recognize earth itself
The list of the dead keeps increasing
Neither the rich nor the poor
Know at this time who the real enemy is!
You can't be at war with the air
The whole world is now a battlefield
The sky has its limits and your terrain
Is not as boundless as you once thought it to be!
Don't venture out; everything is contaminated!
Stay home for sometime
Nature has turned hostile; the corona reigns
And we must pay our debts!
Stay safe; stay in some house corner
Keep your country safe
Like your mother's face
Let earth live forever!
Only pray that our combined dreams
Will make these bad times disappear
Let the ones who have lost all recover
Let love live on forever!
Surely we won't lose; humanity must triumph
We'll see better days coming
The green leaf outside
Will smile again on a sparkling new day!
Kamal Chowdhury is an award-winning poet and the Chief Coordinator of the National Implementation Committee for the Celebration of the Birth Centenary of the Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman. Translated By Fakhrul Alam, who is UGC Professor, University of Dhaka.