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REBECCA HAQUE >> Two Poems 

Rebecca Haque is Professor (and former Chairperson 2009-12)  Department of English, University of Dhaka. She is also a writer, poet, and translator affiliated with the Asia-Pacific Writers & Translators (APWT) and the New York Writers Workshop (NYWW). She won a Gold Medal for distinction in MA English ( 1980) and was a Killam Scholar at Dalhousie University, Canada. In 1995, she was awarded a Certificate of Distinction for a Summer Course on “Twentieth-century American Studies” at UCLA and Vanderbilt U. in the USA. Her academic and creative writing has been published widely both nationally and internationally. Her published books are Women, Gender, and Literature (2003), Hemingway: A Centenary Tribute ( Co-edited  2007), and Commencement Poems and Occasional Essays ( 2003, Rpt. 2009). Recently she joined the International Literary Magazine Teerandaz as an English Editor.

MEMORY

Memory is an oblique shadow
falling through and across
an asymmetrical rent
in the mind’s quivering,
patchwork canopy.

Memory is a curved range
of cloud-kissed peaks
refracting white light
beyond the fluttering,
Sentient, mortal prism.

Memory is a shy gazelle
traipsing the damp forest floor,
with starlit, numinous eyes
reflecting life lived in rich,
chewy, earthy hues.

MY ESSENTIAL SELF: A MONOLOGUE

            Fear not me,
my paramour,
As I roam the globe.

           Ravenous,
solitary,
a besotted pilgrim.

           Afflicted,
borderless,
multilingual migrant.

A chiaroscuro
composition
of solar protons,
and lunar electrons.

            A phoenix,
a paradox,
a quark, apparently.

Spirited,
free,
modest,
defenseless.

Yet, strong and true,
and bound
to you alone, sir,
with triple vows
of sacred fealty.