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Dead end

  • Published at 08:00 pm August 10th, 2018
Sayeeda T Ahmad

A poem by Sayeeda T Ahmad

After twenty years, how could you

forget me,

forget the painting of the pumas

dancing a quadrille on our bedroom wall,

and the mica hanging from our ceiling?  

When you wouldn’t let me fiddle

with the buttons of your suit

that evening, I should have known

the project deadline had passed,

and you were headed for early retirement.

I wanted to waltz but dozed off after a slice

of your chocolate chip cheesecake,

awoke to find the folded note

beside my pillow and you

were gone.  Not until the funeral

did I realize you stopped gazing at the ginger

mole on my sun-burned face days before

you sailed for Bermuda.

Sayeeda T Ahmad is a poet and nonfiction writer. She is a founding member of The Versemongers. Her debut poetry collection, Across Oceans, was published by Bengal Lights Books.