That’s How Poetry Is
(Translated by Md Mehedi Hasan)
My mother often tells me—
What would these poems
Rather get a job.
How long will you be like this!
Besides, we're getting old—
someday you'll have to
take care of the family.
I brood in silence
like the leaf that comes flying
from the yellow forest—
I know, all my poems
a day's worth of my mother's medicine!
Hasan Robayet is a Bangladeshi poet.
Md Mehedi Hasan is a lecturer of English at North Western University, Khulna. He occasionally contributes to Star Literature.