Adaptation

 28Oct15 025

With three unmarried daughters and a son

dowry-promising soil washed away by the river -

I wonder what will become of the family by the river.

 

With three young daughters and a son,

floods having taken most of their property -

I see red eyed recognition of approaching poverty.

 

With three growing daughters and a son,

rice growing soil washed away by flood -

dry-eyed calculations of crops in square-meters of mud.

 

With three daughters and a birthright son,

family graves washed out to sea -

with that record gone, what place in history?

 

 

Barisal, Bangladesh 2015

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