SA (January19,1981 / Bangladesh)

The House Of Rumours

(for Monira Qais)

I had just slipped straight from my mother’s womb
into this house where rumours breed like spawn,

and the grown-ups grinned as I stood like a torso;
my eyes blinked at the dazzle of their carnival lights.

And the lords of life told I’d just be freaking out;
like a trapped mouse, I stiffened with starlit fear.

Grappling with a lot of traumatic rumours at home,
I came of age and slumped as a column in the quake.

In all my autumns when the sky fell dripping blue,
I didn’t see ripples of rapture on pools ever spread,

suffered year after year a burn in the flames of fire,
long tortured by fabrications and lack of tears.

My life tells of the slow burn in the snaky flames;
and now there’s my body fills with blisters of grief.

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I weep.