The Muse

(An International Journal of Poetry)

ISSN 2249 Ė2178


Volume-3                                                      DECEMBER -2013                                           Number-2



A Fragrant Tale

by Masud Khan 



 The world is full of misleading, minus signs and foul smells  


At times, the world feels as heavy and unbearable

As the weight of a sonís dead body on his dadís shoulder,

Or as stressful as playing the role of a dead soldier,

Or as formidable as a physically challenged personís

† ascent up a mountain

Or as painful as caring for a precocious, traumatized child...


Nevertheless, occasionally such stress-laden memories will blur,

And suddenly, wafting on the windís sudden mood swing,

A fragrant moment comes oneís way!


[Translated from the Bengali by Fakrul Alam]