Shishir 2018 Poems -Samira Sadeque



By Samira Sadeque

You walked in drenched,
and I opened the doors,
lit up my home
for you; not knowing
you were here
for play riddles, you
dried your palms, and
with child-like
wonder, caught the smoke,
lit the house
on fire. I don’t know
how to play
with flames.
So, I quietly walked out
the backdoor, and watched
my home burn.


Samira Sadeque is a New York-based Bangladeshi journalist and poet focusing on migration, the refugee crisis, gender, and mental health. She graduated from Columbia Journalism School in 2017. Her journalism appears in Reuters, NPR, Al Jazeera, Quartz, The Lily, AJ+, The,, and the Dhaka Tribune among other publications. Her poetry appears or is forthcoming in NYC Women’s Poetry Workshop zine, Thinking In Full Color, Six Seasons Review.

Samira’s poetry has been featured at the New York City Poetry Festival 2018 (Short Lines reading series), National Book Month festival WWI Prose and Poetry Night, Thinking in Full Color, SOJOURN Poetry Reading, and SubDrift NYC among other platforms. She is the co-founder of Ampersand: Spoken Word Dhaka.


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