Naznin SeamonIn a Crazy Midday
In a crazy midday
Soon I passed the barbed wire
I saw a group of mad people
Raping a naked street.
The deep sun was reflecting on
Its ankle, knee, thigh and waist
While the zohor-azan was buzzing
Around the city selfishly
Which in turn
Silenced the horrible cry of the victim.
The last call for help
Fallen into the spinning echo of the day.
Zohor-azan: the midday calls for Muslim to pray.
Naznin Seamon (1974 - ) is a student of English literature at Queens College of CUNY. Her first book of poetry, Adigonta Bistirnoter Dhala (Hollowness in the Horizon), published in February, 2000 and it was reprinted in 2004. Her second book, a collection of short stories, was published in February 2008 from Dhaka by Ananya. She is the recipient of the Shabdaguchha Poetry Award 2007.
Translated from the Bengali by Hassanal Abdullah