Mahmood Sadaat Ruhul is a writer and poet living in Dhaka, Bangladesh. He was the inaugural winner of the Muse Masters performance poetry competition hosted by the British Council in 2014. His work has been featured in several publications such as Vanilla Sex Magazine and The Daily Star. He has also served as a freelance contributor to the Dhaka Tribune. He is currently a sub-editor at the literary magazine Monsoon Letters.
People’s Republic of Disjointed Narratives
3:38 AM- the mosque at Mohammedpur is closed.
The steps are open, but we are not to wear our shoes.
Generic Bangla cinema hall music plays, preferably about want.
It is my fourth mountain dew.
9:46 PM on the day that hardly exists
We have finished our banquet at Chankarpool.
4:52 PM- it is pay day at Chandpur tea estate, Chunarughat, Habiganj
The Cashier shuffles change as the tea workers’ fingers hang from window rails,
Tomorrow I will see a broken-winged canary playing duet with mother,
A monkey with a noose on,
And twenty-three tea-gardens rallying for their land, and against the special economic zone proposed on the people’s land
For now. It is
An ink well of around me.