The Panther

His vision, from the constantly passing bars,
has grown so weary that it cannot hold
anything else. It seems to him there are
a thousand bars; and behind the bars, no world.

As he paces in cramped circles, over and over,
the movement of his powerful soft strides
is like a ritual dance around a center
in which a mighty will stands paralyzed.

Only at times, the curtain of the pupils
lifts, quietly--. An image enters in,
rushes down through the tensed, arrested muscles,
plunges into the heart and is gone.

by Rainer Maria Rilke

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he is my favourite teacher and poet
مجيبنما بقلم: سيد أبوبكر ترجمة: أسماء الزنجلي مجيبنما: مرثية في شيخ مجيب ، أب الأمة بقلم: سيد أبوبكر ترجمة: أسماء الزنجلي
It is the second important poem on Bangabandhu next to Annodashankor Roy's poem.
The poem has pictured Bangabandhu- a legendary figure in history, a charismatic leader of commoner, and an ace architect of nation- to the canvas of Bangladesh. Thus Bangladesh and Bangabandhu are bonded to same thread.
This great poem just came to my attention. Bangabandhu was a realist as well as a dreamer politician. In his vision Banga Desh was Sonar Bangla that he tried to realize. He is the greatest leader in the SE Asia in our time. His spirit is very much alive in Bangla Desh shaping that nation. I thank poet Abubakar very much!
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