January 23, 2018

Poem: One Day This Life


One Day This Life

by Shahinur Islam

One day this life will merge into air silently

in the sudden solar eclipse

in the invitation of twilight

in the wave-less ocean, in the still desert.

No noise will that time sound

melodious or tedious.

No pain will burn the heart;

no love will wet the mind.

Perhaps a tear or two will shed

to ruminate the memory of that life

in a solitary corner of the earth

or the tears will dry in the eyes.

In an idle noon on the sands of the Jamuna

perhaps some memory-vorous, lone swan

will be engrossed in feasting on his memories

or hear some saddened music

in the voice of the dove, in the first pain of Papia.

The lost life still seems to be an absconding prisoner

that borrowed the invaluable life from an unknown usurper.

So before paying it back,

it is now the accused to be hanged.


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