FABLE FACTORY | The Daily Star
  • Monkeys and Monsters

    Jalal ud-Din Muhammad was the name Mughal Emperor Akbar was born with; it was also the name of a man clinging for life to a sewage pipe, hanging from the side of a five storey building in the middle of the night in a dingy neighbourhood inside the city that was first established in the name of Akbar's son.

  • Cat ❤ Chicken

    Some stories begin with a “He looked at the distant shore and a seagull appeared” while some start with “I walk an empty street on the boulevard of broken dreams”. This story, however, does not start with either of the sentences.

  • Perfect Bond

    She is a plant-hollow;

  • Mother Earth

    Her eyes are like lightning Fatal but wondrous.

  • Unchained

    A million minuscule droplets exploded from the sky, shattering as they hit the pavement. Rumi let the wind dance with her hair as she inhaled the damp odor of the earth.

  • Shepherd

    In the midst of storm, I have prayed to the Salt to calm his waters.

  • Flower Poem

    She breaks forth from the depths of the soil

  • Biased Memory

    Just a few hours left!

  • Reconstruction

    Close your eyes now, Feel the fire set in,

  • Juxtaposed

    "Excuse me, can you tell me the time?"

  • Defaced

    The class was empty. It was only me and him there. And I couldn't stop staring at him—at that face. Unrecognisable.

  • Jigsaw Piece

    I am a jigsaw piece.

  • Jar Man

    I still had so much love to offer you when you left. I wanted to give you it all, let you build snow globes with it—but you left earlier than I thought you would.

  • Bug

    There is a bug on my back

  • A family man through and through

    There were certain rules in this house. Every morning, while dad and the kids were still asleep, mom woke up around 6 and took it upon herself to pull back the drapes and swing open the windows.

  • Survival

    The water had seeped in during the night.

  • Paper Plane

    I ride on a paper plane

  • Honour and orphans

    He sat on the cracking cot – the memories were fluid and vivid, and somehow, even after such a long time, they had the authority to make him lose sleep at night.

  • Glass

    Like glass, I am fragile

  • She

    She nods, She's scared, She's got, A lot of things to share

  • BACKSPACE

    She stared at the green light. Hoping that she'll receive something in the notifications.

  • ROSES BE BLACK

    Roses be black,

  • LIMERENCE

    One can possibly say that I am transfixed at the beauty of nature. Sure my eyes relish every inch of the scenic surrounding before me

  • WANDERESS

    The poetry you wrote continued to pile up in your scribbled notebook, never to be read.

  • Sunshine

    Sunshine and wake me up

  • Love's Freed Slaves

    Hell has visitors. I have been told

  • AN EPITOME OF IMMACULACY

    In this world where every man wore a mask,

  • PREDICTIONS

    He pressed the numbers in, adding, subtracting and writing the result – seeing a surplus, he smiled. This month brought in more than the last, and the figures had been growing for some time now.

  • SPELLBOUND

    “Conscientious,” came the announcement, amidst a little feedback and hush-hush from the audience.

  • An Incomplete Love Story

    The lotus bloomed slowly.

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