POEM FOR AMNA
 
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- by adrian a. husain
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There are the large consequential deaths
known martyrdoms
and those paid tribute to in cenotaphs -
or deaths casually mentioned

or simply passed by. 
So you are remembered
a face from childhood  
slit-eyed, runny-nosed

bunched up against the saffron-yellow
cement balustrade of the spiral
stairs of dimly lit colonial outhouses
I barely knew the woman you became

a second wife shared with a first
bearing involuntarily all of sixteen children
the less distinguishable
for a plethora of parallel births 

Weaned for a moment
from that obscure world 
you hover in the twilight
around me: in the intervals of evening

between its subtle charcoals  
dove grey shading to ash
deepening blues edged round
almost unnoticed by a wide

cloud-formed glistening

band of amethyst.

 
 
was published in November 2018
 
 
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