Shamsur Rahman

(23 October 1929 – 17 August 2006 / Dhaka / Bangladesh)

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Shower me with petals,
heap bouquets around me,
I won't complain. Unable to move,
I won't ask you to stop
nor, if butterflies or swarms of flies
settle on my nose, can I brush them away.

Indifferent to the scent of jasmine and benjamin,
to rose-water and loud lament,

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