Treasure Island

Sadia Arman

(May 28,1973 / Dhaka)

The Ugly Monster

I am the disturbed heart,
Replete with claw and fang,
Fighting alone, pursued
by trouble-monger minders
In Prospero’s desolate island.

Caliban am I
Of grotesqueness magnificent;
Come see me run the sword
In myself through and through
By my self same hand.

Come see me
Drip blood, come see me
Lick those precious droplets
In thrifty awareness of self-preservation.

Around me like angry fire-flies
Buzz an army of troubles,
Worries, slights, wrongs,
Insults and injuries:
The veriest
Concentration of choice curses
From Pandora’s box-
Maddening me,
Instigating me
To Greater and Greater
Self harm.

Inside my bulging belly
With visible thrust jumps,
This Monster intolerable,
This Agni with two heads
I am dying to give birth to.

Note: Agni: god of fire in Indian mythology with two-heads.

Submitted: Sunday, July 16, 2006
Edited: Monday, August 16, 2010

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