Bar Bar Phire Asi
By Abu Afzal Saleh
The Book named 'Bar Bar Phire Asi' (Coming Back Again and Again) is written by the poet Abu Afzal Saleh. He is a government service holder as the Deputy Director (DD) of Bangladesh Rural Development Board (BRDB). He is a poet, rhymer, travel story writer, essayist and a columnist of national daily newspapers. This is his 2nd book on poetry. This book 'Bar Bar Phire Asi' is published in 2018 by Abong Manush Prokashoni. His several poems are published in this book. Every poem of this book contains the elements of our daily life. These poems show the reflection of true reality, feelings, emotions, bitter truth and the present conditions of our society.
The book is started with a poem on Bangabandhu named 'Ekti Nam' (One Name) where the poet shows the significance of the great name Bangabandhu. This name gives us courage and it enlightens the hope and the prospect of the nation. The name inspired us to fight against the Pakistani in our Liberation War. The name is blended with the red and green coloured flag of our country. The name locates from Dhaka to Khulna, Padma to Jamuna and the hearts to hearts of the people. The poet snugly portrayed these imageries with his spontaneous overflow of alliterations and rhetoric devices.
There are some poems which describe the inner feelings, emotions and the view of the writer's own perceptions about life and thoughts and the sufferings of the people. For an example, he wrote a poem named 'Nodi Bhangon' (River Erosion), where he portrayed how a happy family, their love, happiness and dreams floats away with the river. In the last line of the poem, he said that Shahjahan's Jamuna, a river, and the poet's Jamuna are not same. There is a big difference. Shahjahan's Jamuna constructed Taj Mahal but poet's Jamuna demolishes the dreams and the happiness of his family.
Love, despair, sadness and melancholic spirits are mingled together in this book. Poet's dreams are sometimes broken, sometimes he is in confusion with his beloved, sometimes he becomes hopelessness. His melancholy gives him pain but he never loses hope. He thinks human life is made with wounds. This is called life. We have to go miles after miles bearing this in the way of our life.
Nature plays a vital role in his poetry. He used natural elements like birds, rains, clouds, mountains, rivers etc in his several poems. Lots of personifications make his poems more interesting. He wrote in the poem named 'Poribesh' (Environment), 'Even grass can be grown in the stones if it gets the proper environment.' In his another poem named 'Shraboner Meghmala', we see 'shraboner meghmala' (Clouds of Monsoon) are blended with the smile of his beloved.
His poem shows us ethical lessons too. It teaches us to use accurate words in our talks. Sometimes, he sadly requests morality to go to the jungle because there is no suitable place for it to live in our society. Poet also thinks about the value crises of the society, he said in 'Mullobodh O Obokkhoy' (Value and Decadence), 'Values are powerless now, who understands the worth of values?'
Poet also thinks about the peacefulness of the nation. He also believes in the friendship between Bengali and hillside peoples. He also wrote about the lower class peoples of the society. He sings the saddest songs of labourers.
The book is ended with a poem named 'Ekattorer Itihas' (History of 71). There, he showed the imageries of the March of 1971. Later, he describes several memories of the Liberation War of Bangladesh. He pictured the heroism and the sufferings of the people as well as the courage of the Bengali peoples to gain the independence.
The poet used lucid dictions in his every poem. His sentence creations are very simple and short but symbolic and meaningful. Abu Afzal Saleh's thoughts and expressions are universal. Hopefully, the way he spontaneously sketched his verses will convulse the heart of the every kinds of readers.
The reviewer is Poet, Essayist and Literary Critic