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12:00 AM, July 08, 2017 / LAST MODIFIED: 12:00 AM, July 08, 2017

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You Said

Shamsur Rahman

Notun Bazar was burning, burning!

Shops, stores, woodpiles

Piled up iron, timber, mosques and temples

Notun Bazar was burning, burning!

Parrot cages, copies of Rabindranath's collected works, sweet-meat shops

Maps old documents all aflame

Just as bees swarm out of hives buzzing,

Flushed out with smoke from a fire

All of us flushed out by flames

All of us swarming and fleeing the city like bees

Scattering here, there, everywhere

Hugging her newly-born babe in her bosom a bewildered mother

Fleeing like a singed forest deer

In the distance bullets whizzing past, ransacking army jeeps hogging roads. Shrieks

And screams filling streets. The two of us

Stunned into silence. Trembling, we embracing each other somehow.

You saying:

“Save me, save from this fire lit by barbarians

Hide me in the fold of your eyes

In the depth of your heart or within your ribcage

Suck me in an instant

In kiss after kiss.”

Notun Bazar was burning, burning

Flames here there everywhere

Lead bullets zinging past us hail fire falling

You had said

“Save me”!

But hapless me not able to say even that!

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