*Rajar Matt, Bandarban*

From the Green room.
Enter stage right.
The Bohmong King folds onto his throne:
Kerchief coronating kingdom
The silk melts,
Dripping gold down
The proscenium arch
Mummifying the dagger at his waist.

The entourage:
In military camo.
In Mujib coat.
In suit tailored for retirement.
They, for this day, entertain the daughter as head of household.

Banner hangs over,
Photo-shopped by zero hour,
The scripts are hierarchy.
The Bengali:
In defeated anorexia,
The matra marshaling legion in riot gear.
The Rest:
Escape distinction.
By the others’ choice.
Trickle down.
The Marma;
The Chakma;
The Matrilineal;
The Indigenous;
The Tribe.

We are gathered here today
For the Punnyah

The circle of the King
Are heirs to khazana,
Their palmar creases
Dug like moats of custom
Where written laws wither.

*Bain Weaving*

The warp strung to a post,
Strapped to her back.
She pulls.
The spine tightens,
Excuses the loom stand,
At ease again.
Beater nurses the weft into position.

The time signature flaunts
Not the testosterone of the adda,
The awe and collapse of the bazaar that
Deals in counterfeit.

The fabric resists craft
And for this reason is beloved by the tourist,
Mounted on Chander Gari,
Who yawns chasms at the unfinished shawl.
Draping it around her shoulders
Assigning it her sweat,
Braiding it mute.


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