3 Poems by Masudul Hoq

Masudul Hoq

Christmas Letter
 Drowsy leaves of pine-
 Olive forest-
 December-snow has become the white page
 Across Europe - 
 There, I'm writing a letter.
 Letter, engraved on the ice
 While my hands are getting frozen.
 You are searching, on the way to Bethlehem
 Walking and walking, many decades before.
 Still I have no idea
 If my letter, written on ice will reach the destination
 Towards your country of pebbles.

 Santa Claus
 A colorful balloon
 Keeps the girl awake
 The winter moon gets sleepy, fall asleep
 The reindeer of Santa Claus keeps flying
 The girl with sanitized hands
 During this pandemic, will old Santa Claus come?
 3. Christmas Tree
 White bears are sleeping with the beauty of ice
 Igloo – mound of ice cream.
 The moon came, sat on the ice cream, in the light of the sun
 Refugees are hidden in the forests of Serbia on such a night.
 Solar energy on their chests, warms the ice.
 The Christmas tree is watching with eyes of love.

 Tired Jesus
 The ice in December is melting with the virus fever 
 Only paracetamol is inside Santa's socks 
 The Christmas tree is fading
 People are more sick with fever than cold
 Winter outside, the warmth of the house is gradually increasing.
 In the corner of the wall, the spider is
 running in search of paracetamol in order to be rid of this fever,
 at the parade ground under military supervisions.
 People inside masks are as tired as Jesus hanging on the cross.

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Masudul Hoq (1968) has a PhD in Aesthetics under Professor Hayat Mamud at Jahangirnagar University, Dhaka, Bangladesh. He is a contemporary Bengali poet, short story writer,translator and researcher. His previous published work includes short stories Tamakbari(1999), The poems Dhonimoy Palok(2000), Dhadhashil Chaya which translated version is Shadow of Illusion(2005) and Jonmandher Swapna which translated version is Blind Man’s Dream (2010),translated by Kelly J. Copeland. Masudul Hoq also translated T.S. Eliot’s poem, Four Quartets(2012), Allen Ginsburg’s poem, Howl(2018), from English to Bengali. In the late 1990’s for 3 years he worked under a research fellowship at The Bangla Academy. Bangla Academy has published his two research books. His poems have been published in Chinese, Romanian, Mandarin, Azarbaijanese and Spanish languages. At present he is a Professor of Philosophy in a government college, Bangladesh.

Published by darcie friesen hossack

Darcie Friesen Hossack is a graduate of the Humber School for Writers. Her short story collection, Mennonites Don’t Dance, was a runner-up for the Danuta Gleed Award, shortlisted for the Commonwealth Writers Prize and the Ontario Library Association's Forest of Reading Evergreen Award for Adult Fiction. Citing irreverence, the book was banned by the LaCrete Public Library in Northern Alberta. Having mentored with Giller finalists Sandra Birdsell (The Russlander) and Gail Anderson Dargatz (Spawning Grounds, The Cure for Death by Lightening), Darcie's first novel, Stillwater, will be released in the spring of 2023. Darcie is also a four time judge of the Whistler Independent Book Awards, and a career food writer. She lives in Northern Alberta, Canada, with her husband, international award-winning chef, Dean Hossack.

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