Three Poems By Mosarrap H Khan

Mosarrap Hossain Khan

- Mosarrap H Khan


Contented
We snuggle close like two
expectant adolescent youth.
Each of our measured movements
is meant to walk a well-trodden
path. Each curve, each concave,
each convex of her taut skin
I have known. The way one tip-toes
on a dark staircase, when the lights
go out on a wintry night.

I know when she will reach
the crescendo of excitement.
And then we will hold
On to each other’s limpness.    

I am back at my desk
by the window, contented,
to write Nirbhaya’s pain.
As if poetry and I will ever know
what it meant to be scooped out
bit-by-bit, and thrown down the
untrodden path of fear. 



Pain
I have neatly numbered the poems.
A collection of sorts, I presume,
will take shape.
I presume.
Because I have embraced those uncertainties,
which make you feel you could be a poet.
I have tried to write tonight –
a fragment of what I think would
one day become a novel.
Pain can’t be narrated
like the scene in a novel. Pain jabs at
you. Short, sharp, pointed jabs.
Like the lines of a poem. 

Mumbai
In this jumble of human forms,
you gain a sense of perspective –
A tiny speck swirling in a
sonic disaster.
You bid goodbye to a foreign
city you loved and partially embraced;
A city, you were never sure, if ever
loved you and embraced you back.
You stood there brooding, longing,
secure in the knowledge
of human mastery over space; an imposing tower
lording over rectangular grids.
Here you swirl, float, duck,
along with particles of dust,
soot, muck, disease, like cigarette-smoke
curling up before vanishing abruptly.


Bio: Mosarrap H Khan is an academic based in a small town, Kotulpur, West Bengal, India. His creative pieces have previously appeared on The Bombay Review, The Sunflower Collective, Asia Writes Project, and Café Dissensus Everyday.

2 comments :

  1. Exquisite poems.Thank you, Setu.
    Thank you, Mosarrap.

    Best
    Sanjeev Sethi

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  2. Thank you so much, Sanjeev, for your kind words!

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