POEM Syed Shehzar Mukkarrim Doja

NWR Issue 112


You drove off leaving oil stains
on the corner of the driveway. I couldn’t remember
the last time gas prices were so low
that you would somehow consider it love
to leave the children and your favourite bag of coffee,
drive in zigzags over some bludgeoned sunset.

I woke up the next day at a quarter to sunset
and somehow glanced at a bag of coffee
hanging over the fruit tree. It drooped low
so I fed it with some leftover stains
but even the children could see now that love
was a difficult noun to remember.

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Syed Shehzar Mukkarrim Doja was born in Dhaka, Bangladesh and currently resides in Luxembourg as a poet, student, and Founder/Editor-in-Chief of the literary journal, The Luxembourg Review. As a resident of Luxembourg, he was recently selected to represent the country on a pan-European platform on a project commissioned for the city of Amsterdam. His work has appeared in numerous publications worldwide (The San Antonio Review, Fireside International Publication, Monsoon Letters, Sticks and Stones, Dhaka Tribune’s Arts and Letters) and won several literary and theatrical competitions (first prize for ‘The Madman’s Lament’ – which he wrote, acted in and directed – in the Symbiosis Festival, Pune, India). He was also a featured poet in SpokenWord Paris. His first book, a collection of poetry, is currently in the works for publication and is due later this year.


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