Where’s Home? | The Daily Star
12:00 AM, February 15, 2020 / LAST MODIFIED: 07:01 PM, March 08, 2020


Where’s Home?

A city made out of dust

Love, measured in the thickness

Of our pizza crust

Look at me, stranger!

Do you want my trust?


Will you keep it safe?

Put it in your chest pocket, so it doesn't chafe!


I have loved with all my broken bones,

I deposit hope in dirty lakes and their stones

I have lost, lost from every pore

And still, I want to live


One more sip of my cup, one more remaining puff


One last conversation, about ridiculous random stuff


My chest feels like it could hold a whole eco system

A burnt swatch of land to build a whole kingdom

Tell me, would you come?

Would you catch fireflies to light up nightmare slums?


There'd be a lot of people in the town built on my heart

But I'd give you the quietest corner to build upon your art

On sunny evenings I'll come by for tea

Tell me, am I welcome, would you let me see?

In monsoon, I'd bring you flowers

I'd spin you a different tale

Of a princess who builds her own towers


I imagined us, over a steaming cup

I dreamt us into a home, into our little hub

Somehow, distance made loving you so easy

Oh childhood dream! Tonight, I am surviving, I'm busy.


Tanjila Talukdar is an aspiring poet trying to learn the magic of human emotions through her love of words. She is currently pursuing her LLB degree at Bangladesh University of Professionals.

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