Saturday, February 26, 2011

The Poem of the Month (February, 2011): EKUSHEY FEBRUARY (21st February)

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The Central Shaheed Minar (Language Martyrs' Memorial) in Dhaka
Doodle (Toronto: February 26, 2011) © Jerome D'Costa

Ekushey February (21st February)


The Ekushey February would never be there,

If the rulers of Pakistan were real rulers.

The Ekushey February would never come to pass,

If there was no notion of domination and usurpation.

The Ekushey February would never be there,

If there were virtues of brotherhood, equality and sharing.

The Ekushey February would never be there,

If there was no hypocrisy between profession and practice of Islam.


The Ekushey February is there,

To assert the rights of the deprived people.

The Ekushey February is there,

To give give equality to all.

The Ekushey February is there,

To think and act freely according to one’s conscience.

The Ekushey February is there,

To give freedom to one’s word.



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