Shabdaguchha: Logo_new edited by: Hassanal Abdullah issue: 69/70


Poets and Translators:

Afzal Moolla
Alan Garfoot
Anisur Rahman Apu
Baitullah Quaderee
Bill Wolak
Biswajit Monda
Dilara Hafez
Frank Stewart
Germain Droofenbroodt
Greeg Dotoli
Ray Herndon Smith
Hassanal Abdullah
Howard Scott
Jalal El Hakmaoui
Jidi Majia
Joan Digby
John Digby
Jyotirmoy Datta
Maria Bennett
Naoshi Koriyama
Naznin Seamon
Rehanul Hoque
Rahul Roychowdhury
Richard Berengarten
Roni Adhikari
Rukui Chen
Stanley H. Barkan
Tanvir Ahmed Rhidoy
Tomasz Marek Sobieraj
Zhang Hu

Cover Art:
Erick Villalona

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Najib Tareque

Shabdaguchha Title: Issue 70

Shabdaguchha: Issue 69_70
Cover Art by Erick Villalona

    Stanley H. Barkan


    for Bonnie & Bebe

    Two little girls,
    in an old photo,
    I took for teens,
    butare just little girls,
    in the same outfits.
    The one on the left,
    called the “cute” one;
    the one on the right, not.
    Actually, they were
    not twins, but triplets;
    the third not born alive,
    somehow squeezed
    between the other two,
    could not survive.

    It wasn’t until these
    twins were twelve
    that their mother
    told them they
    were triplets.

    Now in the photo,
    the two both smiling
    under their sun bonnets,
    wearing square patterned,
    white gloves,
    bobby socks,
    one withblack patent leather,
    the other, sturdy plain leather shoes,
    still too young to know
    of their lost sister.

    Oh, but now they stand,
    forever fixed in smiling bliss,
    a time of joyful ignorance.

    And I, as I look backwards,
    with wonder at what they were
    and what they have both become:
    fine wives and mothers,
    grandmothers, too,
    both artists,
    bothliving works of art,
    thevery best that could be.

    Only the shadow of the third
    who might have also been
    shadows my mind.

Shabdaguchha: Issue 69_70

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