Mohammad Rafiq

(1943 / Baitpur, Bagerhat / Bangladesh)

My Mother - Poem by Mohammad Rafiq

This unfamiliar tree bearing fruit over here
it's my mother

mango and rose-apple, pomegranate, pear
or maybe star-apple, hogplum too
guava, pomelo, kamranga
so much pain and love, sacrifice and patience

as if all the pronouns of the world
the adjectives, nouns, and prepositions
of a village too, a field, a map with no form

are my mother's other names
expelled from heaven
crossing timidly over to the underworld

Poet's Notes about The Poem

[Selected from 'Bishkale Sandya',Translated by Carolyn B. Brown]

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Poem Submitted: Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Poem Edited: Tuesday, June 5, 2012

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