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The Unmarked Grave

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The Unmarked Grave


The myriads of unmarked graves in the cemetery
Presenting miserable image of human heartlessness
Uncared and unsung by near, dear all and sundry
Forsaken and abandoned, victim of unkindness

Which one of them holds my mother’s remains?
My angel, my lover, a philosopher, a friend
A melancholy child riding rough terrains
I for whom her eyes incessantly rained 

I turned into a pauper with treasure of love  gone
A symbol of despair with goals unclear 
Relentless caravan of time said move on
And move I did trembling with fear

The nature held me by hand and catapulted in the air
The voyage of loneliness was hard to endure
Groping and fighting I reached where eagles dare
With anguish and pain and lost valor

 The shower of Blessings and silvery rains of grace
Hoisted the flag of my fame and glory
Winning goals after goals in the formidable race
Life writing an enchanting story

Yet my eyes with tears blurred and hazed
My spirit weeps, my soul cries
I pray on all unmarked graves with my hands raised
Surely in one of them my mother lies



(My mother Begum Najmunnesa was laid to rest in an un-marked grave in Azimpura, Dhaka, Bangladesh. I am that unworthy son who is unable to identify her grave and visit the country to offer prayers)


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  1. Date: 6/23/2012 9:48:00 PM

    This poem touched my heart...simply beautiful. <3

    Yamin Avatar Mohammad Yamin Date: 6/24/2012 4:51:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Thanks Irisha. You are very kind
  1. Date: 4/10/2012 1:04:00 AM

    Mohammad what a beautiful tribute to your mother. No you are not an ungrateful son, otherwise you could not have written this piece. I enjoyed reading it Mohammad. Love Dalila

    Yamin Avatar Mohammad Yamin Date: 4/10/2012 11:19:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Thanks, Dalila for your extremely kind comments. The appreciative friends like you are the only asset I a pauper of love has. I am so grateful.
  1. Date: 3/16/2012 8:56:00 AM

    What is important is that her memory lives in your heart; her spirit is not in the grave and that is what is important. Such a sad poem Mohammad, you must misws your mom very much.

    Yamin Avatar Mohammad Yamin Date: 3/19/2012 12:35:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Thanks for your most sympathetic comments on my dedication to my mother. You are right her spirit is not in the grave. I wonder if the spirit is watching the amount of tears I have shed for her and knows that her son has made his place in the society as she desired on his own without any support.
  1. Date: 3/15/2012 12:35:00 PM

    what a vivid description of what happens in other parts of the world - i am honored to have read this piece..

    Yamin Avatar Mohammad Yamin Date: 3/16/2012 2:58:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Thanks for your kind comments. Generally this doesn't happen in the Eastern hemisphere. But in cases where it happens it is due to poverty. Some people can't afford the cost of building even a simple grave with tomb stone. My case was different. It is a story of apathy of people.
  1. Date: 3/15/2012 12:43:00 AM

    Thank you for your visit, dear uncle. Your poems have always inspired me to write. Get well soon!!

    Yamin Avatar Mohammad Yamin Date: 3/16/2012 2:37:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Thanks, Husain! You are very kind.
  1. Date: 3/14/2012 6:42:00 PM

    Here in America many have been laid to rest and the families never are able to afford any kind of marker..It is sad that families have been so poor..Just because you can't visit now doesn't mean that you will never be able to visit..I am sure that she feels your spirit that seems to care and love her..Thanks for the kind review of my work..Your presence at my work was uplifting..Sara

    Yamin Avatar Mohammad Yamin Date: 3/16/2012 2:34:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Dear Sara, It is a news to me to learn there are people in America that can't afford a Tomb Stone. What a pity! Thanks for your kind words. I needed them
  1. Date: 3/14/2012 3:36:00 PM

    deply intense and stirring write Mohammad.. touches the inner core luv..

    Yamin Avatar Mohammad Yamin Date: 3/15/2012 2:00:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Thanks Linda for your kind comments. My mother's death when I was merely 12 caused a deep wound in my heart which never healed. I am still carrying it in my old age. -Mohammad
  1. Date: 3/13/2012 3:36:00 PM

    You impress me Mohammad....it is sooo good written.Touching and with love. - oxox hugs Anne-Lise

    Yamin Avatar Mohammad Yamin Date: 3/15/2012 1:53:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Thanks Anne; a praise coming from you is really uplifting. You are so kind. -Mohammad
  1. Date: 3/11/2012 2:16:00 PM

    Mohammad, Within the crossroads of your heart she rests.Her mark infinately captured. No man may take or no journey too long to erase her presents there. She will forever grace your heart. Your poem has touched me. thank you for sharing.

    Yamin Avatar Mohammad Yamin Date: 3/14/2012 1:47:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Thanks Lisa for your comforting comments. You have a heart of gold that moves and captures feelings. You are a role model. God Bless you! Hugs!
  1. Date: 3/8/2012 7:40:00 PM

    Because we have sins and make mistakes, thus we pray.... Always an honor to see/read something that came from a true being, one does not need words to know one's soul anymore.

    Yamin Avatar Mohammad Yamin Date: 3/10/2012 9:48:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Thanks for your very kind comments. I admire your understanding.
  1. Date: 3/5/2012 1:07:00 PM

    Dear Mohammad, just close your eyes and picture her beside you let her wrap you in her comfort joy and love for she is in your heart, you may not know which is her marked grave, but mark my words you have a mark in her heart across the veil there is only love. Blessings dear man, I admire your great courage in writing this eloquent poem. Always, vie.

    Yamin Avatar Mohammad Yamin Date: 3/10/2012 10:41:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Dear vienna, Your comments have deeply touched me. You have made my eyes wet. I am doing exactly the same as you have kindly suggested. I am 73 today; I was orphaned at the age of 12, yet the memory of my mother's love and caring is fresh in my heart and I remember her in all my prayers. I have dedicated one of my books of poetry to her.