The International Poetry Journal in Bengali

Translated Poetry
9th Issue
July-Sept 2000

From Barishal to Briarwood:
Bengali Poetry in English

Al Mahmud (1936-)

Do you remember that tabooed night,
Its obscure sky,
When to the cloud's opening
You pointed and
Said, "See, God rides there
On a horse,
A heavenly image, cloud-formed and manifest?"

Coition-content birds of night
Made sounds
Pouring deep scorn on us
In their language.
You unbuttoned your blouse,
And your silence spoke,
"Make me also like them

Translated by Sibnarayan Ray

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