Three Poems by Inam Hussain Begg Mullick



 A Nocturne for Inamorata

For Jagari Mukherjee

Sky-mermaids yodel
to summer,
we are in 
a marshy moment’s 
frenzy—
your forests of ochre and ardour.

Barachiel 
besprinkles 
rose upon the hot desert and the dream-eyed camels,

Sandalphon guards
the children of a white summer,
Israfil's song 
resonates 
in moondust mansions and mulberry 
orchards—
then our 
dialogues in water.

“Among this scented tea
and wine,
let’s speak of love,
art and religious warfare.”.

You ignore
the rumours
and navigate 
through the hair of my history
with tender fingers—the pregnant dolphins of light.

I hiss at your nocturnal mouth's solace,
we even breathe 
silk.


Amorino Breathing

1

The table is ink,
serviettes o lyrical gymnasts,
the barmaid is queen moon—
sharks observed from quarter light.

2

The majorette sweating
dream, amorino breathing tattoos.

3

Floating
head in xenon lamp,
trussed arch night
and Andromeda.

4

In a corridor,
a muse erupts.

5

A stylus of solid perfume
paints a tavern,
triakis
and pentacrinus, loving so much.


“You said I smelt of dusk”

You said
I smelt 
of dusk,

your
wild wind
at dusk,

stay with me
in this
difficult
love,
the stars will come out soon
and the pottery 
of light 
will resume
in
this hot month's 
garden.


* Duane's PoeTree, The Magical Life of Inamorato, Writers Workshop, forthcoming

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