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How many graves make a country a graveyard?

  • Published at 07:46 pm August 10th, 2018
Mohammad Shafiqul Islam

A poem by Mohammad Shafiqul Islam

Who likes to build a home in the grave, though

we know Home is where we have to gather grace?

No one celebrates grave-digging, but graves 

are dug every day—some turn into ashes too!


You’ve seen how they dig graves for their

loved ones—there’s rhythm in grave-digging. 

How engrossedly the grave diggers lift spades,

dig deep, without grogginess or annoyance! 


Cadence doesn’t always produce music!

You know how the grave shines in poetry:

The grave’s a fine and private place, 

But none, I think, do there embrace.


Still vultures wait for a dead body. We see

how humans are shot dead, like birds. 

Statistics probably fails to count you and me!

How many graves make a country a graveyard?


Mohammad Shafiqul Islam is a poet and translator. He teaches English at Shahjalal University of Science and Technology, Sylhet.