The International Poetry Journal in Bengali and English

Issue 39
Jan-Mar '08

Abid Azad

Crime Report

At last, Moonlit, the missing housewife,
Was found yesterday—
The detectives rescued her
From a lake-side bush Of a saddened suburban park.
Her severely battered body was lying facedown
On the bed of thick dew and fallen leaves
At the side of a fire-burn abandoned car.
She was kidnapped from her home
In the Yellow Colony
Seven days ago
And has been missing since—
They, some gang yet unknown,
Dumped her in that tangle of dew and mist.
It was suspected that Moonlit
Went under brutal physical torture.
But the police have made no arrests
In connection with the crime.

Abid Azad (1952 -2006), the author of 15 books and the proprietor of a publishing house, edited Shilpatoru, a literary journal. Along with poetry, he also contributed critical essays and children rhymes.

Translated from the Bengali by Hassanal Abdullah

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