Megasthenes’ Grin | The Daily Star
12:00 AM, February 13, 2021 / LAST MODIFIED: 01:52 AM, February 13, 2021

Poetry

Megasthenes’ Grin

You are stuffing gunpowder into

the silent cannon

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All by yourself. Now that the winter is over

 

Why do you stuff gunpowder

Into the silent cannon?

 

I wonder:

Is Megasthenes' grin also

Megasthenes?

 

Within this power-operated

Charade

Brown horses fly

 

—Engines rumbling and robots

coughing by.

 

Are you still stuffing gunpowder

into the silent cannon?

 

Jewel Mazhar is a poet and translator.

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