Something Missing

First published in Daily Star, Bangladesh

Something missing from

this dish and that.

.

The flavour not quite right —

Je ne sais quoi*

A dash of cinnamon

A touch of ginger

We try —

.

Something missing from

this life and that…

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Moving On

First Published in Daily Star, Bangladesh, August 2020

Flowers on Facebook —

Violet, red, yellow, orange —

splashed a welcome

into a garden never visited

Then… they stopped

faded like the fragrance

of my childhood.

Time had put a halt

Long gone days —

curtains drawn…

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Oborodh Awake!

Published in Daily Star Bangladesh March 28th, 2020

The keepers of law

The keepers of borders

What borders?

Between nations

What law?

Between stations

Army men, Policemen —

Men who will protect women

Violate, watch and rape

A twenty-one-year-old

A seventeen-year-old

A fifteen-year-old and more…

Who do we trust?

Who will protect the society from lust?

Dust unto dust

Sans wine, sans song, sans singer,

Sans justice, sans ethics, sans morals

Products of Oborodh?

 

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