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With algae wound around my ears

  • Published at 09:31 pm April 11th, 2020
With algae wound around my ears

Poetry 

(Translated by Rifat Munim)

 

I sing with algae wound around my ears

Even the brown shalik birds know of my chains 

 

Maybe that’s why when it rained 

Perching on my floor they yawned 

 

Dance they will, before leaving, when the sun is up

Then they will find their food, sinking their beaks into the grass

 

I sing with algae wound around my ears

Even the bright shoals of fish know of my perils 

 

Maybe that’s why on the threads of some fisherman’s net 

They stayed with me

 

When hit by the waves they will leave swaying from side to side

Down the rivers toward the sea

 

Do the sly fishermen know of me and my perils as well?

 

Suraiya Khanom was a poet and writer. She was a professor of English at Dhaka University. She died in 2006.

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