A death robbed of its solemnity | The Daily Star
12:00 AM, April 25, 2020 / LAST MODIFIED: 03:16 PM, April 25, 2020

POETRY

A death robbed of its solemnity

Ha, there you go, this is how you suffer:

The virus that killed you is yet to die himself

And, already, those alive are thinking beyond you.

You, who were not all that divine, in ways you know best,

Are now no more than a stat, a part of a number,

Of yet another epidemic,

That future historians and academics will research

To make a living.

 

Ahmar Mahboob is a Linguist. Currently, he is Associate Professor at the Department of Linguistics at the University of Sydney.

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