• Friday, Dec 02, 2022
  • Last Update : 10:24 am

Chuniya My Arcadia

  • Published at 02:00 pm September 15th, 2021

'Chuniya My Arcadia' is an English translation of 'Chuniya Amar Arcadia'  by Rafiq Azad, one of the most prolific poets in the post-Liberation War period.  He is most well known for his poem 'Give me food, bastard'. 

(Translated by Abdullah Al Muktadir)

So delicate is this name 

that it may shatter the moment one utters it,

that all the glory it holds would disappear.

Chuniya is a small village but is strong from within—

it will stand against this civilisation of deadly weapons.


Chuniya falls silent when night deepens.

Chuniya loves the moon which beams down a soft and serene light,

Chuniya the real Buddhist is quiet and green;

Chuniya is a vast expanse of indigenous land, truly captivating. 


Chuniya is yet to witness any cruelty.

Is Chuniya alarmed at the roar of rifles?

Do the leaves on trees cry “no” seeing the ferocity in beastly humans?

Chuniya, above all, loves humans.


Accompanied by trees all around, inhabitants of Chuniya

actually live happily together. 

Chuniya still has a place in the minds of 

some people from the civilised world.

There are some who still secretly 

nurture a Chuniya inside.


Chuniya knows how to nurse someone back to life,

Chuniya knows how to wrap a bandage, consolation is all that she offers—

Chuniya never hurts anybody, never;

Chuniya is deep green, and peace-loving as well, 

hence she directs all her hatred towards loggers.


Chuniya despises any shout,

Chuniya hates gunshot.

Chuniya doesn’t know a thing 

about bloodshed, or the throne;

Chuniya always urges 

all the fatal and destructive weapons of mankind be dumped

into the Mediterranean.

Chuniya wants mankind to cleanse their bloodstained hands 

with all the water from the oceans, and learn everything anew.

Chuniya always urges 

all the battlefields on this planet be cultivated 

with sweet-smelling flowers. 


There are times when Chuniya is sentimental, too

Chuniya is biased towards children and women;

Witnessing children and women being murdered every day,

Chuniya has come to resent the human civilisation.


But Chuniya does not believe in despair, with all her heart

Chuniya keeps the lamp of hope burning;

Chuniya believes that

putting envy and hatred behind them,

humans eventually will live peacefully with each other.


Facebook 50
blogger sharing button blogger
buffer sharing button buffer
diaspora sharing button diaspora
digg sharing button digg
douban sharing button douban
email sharing button email
evernote sharing button evernote
flipboard sharing button flipboard
pocket sharing button getpocket
github sharing button github
gmail sharing button gmail
googlebookmarks sharing button googlebookmarks
hackernews sharing button hackernews
instapaper sharing button instapaper
line sharing button line
linkedin sharing button linkedin
livejournal sharing button livejournal
mailru sharing button mailru
medium sharing button medium
meneame sharing button meneame
messenger sharing button messenger
odnoklassniki sharing button odnoklassniki
pinterest sharing button pinterest
print sharing button print
qzone sharing button qzone
reddit sharing button reddit
refind sharing button refind
renren sharing button renren
skype sharing button skype
snapchat sharing button snapchat
surfingbird sharing button surfingbird
telegram sharing button telegram
tumblr sharing button tumblr
twitter sharing button twitter
vk sharing button vk
wechat sharing button wechat
weibo sharing button weibo
whatsapp sharing button whatsapp
wordpress sharing button wordpress
xing sharing button xing
yahoomail sharing button yahoomail