Masud Khan

Rookie (29th May 1959 / Bangladesh)

Rain-1 - Poem by Masud Khan

It’s raining abroad now, in countries close by or far away.
Occasionally a cold wind from some other land blows this way
This summer evening brings with it sadness and beauty
Blowing this way from some distant land!

A cold, cold wind keeps blowing
Slowly stirring desire, fomenting longing
For alien rituals on such an evening.

In the distance, in a riverbank ruled by beauty
In another land, wonderfully wet in the rain,
Lightning flashes time and again
Stirring desire for one’s lover steadily
Inevitably, on such an evening!

Towards my homeland
The cold wind keeps blowing
O my alien lover
Where could you be staying?

Translated by Fakrul Alam, Writer, Translator. Professor of English, University of Dhaka, Bangladesh.

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Poem Submitted: Saturday, July 22, 2006

Poem Edited: Wednesday, August 18, 2010

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