January 22, 2018

Surveillance

poem

Surveillance

-Shahinur Islam


The dead still prowl in the alleys of life;

the dead still fly off and see in silence

our living, hubbub, smiles, and cries.

In this solitary bustle of the panopticon

the dead still strive to convince us

what is beyond our sense.

The dead still come more alive than the living,

and wind the sail of our spirit on various occasions

so that we can cross the fathomless ocean of crises.

 

The dead still never sleep

just after they go to sleep once;

the dead are still vigilant,

and prod us as conscience.

Such a sharp sight they have

as the sun of the full noon

to keep us under surveillance!

 

Yet those who think of themselves as living,

and leap in pride over the gorge of unfairness,

this prod cannot awaken.

They are truly more dead than the dead—

they think their dead mind in the living body

as nectar, and so drink it in numbness.


copyright © 2017 by the poet


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