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12:00 AM, January 27, 2018 / LAST MODIFIED: 12:00 AM, January 27, 2018


Shattered Bangles

Samia Ahmed

I imagine the lives of others,

Of households in concrete,

Scattered on the horizon,

Seen through the corner window

In the stairwell area

Where I live.

And sometimes the rain clouds

Make me sing;

Birds know by now

The routine of my day,

Of a joyless marriage,

And pains 

Of a mundane existence,

Which my family deems

My destiny.

My rightful place

Is beside the man chosen,

Where I am to accept

Deafening accusations,

Digest the demand for dowry,

Trauma of sleepless nights,

And haunting voices

When I sleep.

Complain I can only 

To the sky, endless and blue,

Of the red marks on my wrists,

Fragments of color

From shattered glass bangles,

And no one to ask for

Embellishments anew.

Samia Ahmed is a poet from Bangladesh and has been widely published. A wishful Existence is her. first book of photo-poetry, collaborating with a Czeck photographer.

To Be, or Not  to Be...

Hasan Maruf

To be or not to be, 

Truly is the question, isn't it?

To be who you truly are, 

Very often takes not being 

What everyone else thinks 

You should be.

To be genuinely happy, 

often means going through

Periods of immense unhappiness, 

in order not to be miserable.

To be serene and at peace, 

Often comes after fighting 

Devastating personal battles 

And losing a lot along the way,

In order not to be at war within oneself

In order to be, you must be willing not to be.....

That is not only the question; it's also the answer!

The Principle of Resonance

The Architect of designated Life

Calculates the gravitational pull

Against the leverage of resonance

To a precise second of entrance.

Our plotted trajectory course

Is determined by our final blueprint;

The diaphanous mystery of choice

Is balanced between past and present:

We remember who we were 

Before time allotted this experience,

And recognize who we are

Despite our current existence,

After all,

"A bond between souls is ancient –

And even older than the planet."

Hasun Maruf teaches English in DPS Dhaka, and writes poems and stories.

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