Poem by Masuma Sultana
Art by Nasheen Jahan Nasir (@imaginasheen)
‘Search' tentatively discusses some ideas about language and identity, addressing the sense of alienation felt by the speaker.
After searching, searching so much
What I am writing, you won’t understand.
Which day will you understand?
To understand, you will not.
To understand, you are not trying.
Not comfortable enough
to speak my mother-tongue
spoken by ancient ancestors
before Bangladesh became Bangladesh.
A sense of alienation
when I speak my dialect
in front of strangers.
A sense of belonging
if I know I’m understood
by at least one person.
To search is to look for knowledge.
Consider the implications
of being unable to find answers
the impact of not knowing or understanding
of a breakdown in communication.
Consider the feeling of not being understood.
I know they are to understand nothing
Little pain I found
Where do I search?
Masuma Sultana is a Final Year English with Creative Writing student based in East London, UK. Contact Masuma by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.