The Cuckoo Keeps Calling
By Mashiul Alam
Translated from the Bengali
by Shabnam Nadiya
Artwork by Hafsa Ashfaq
September 23rd 2020
But Mafiz hears the cuckoo trilling in this spring dawn.
He is not unromantic. He breaks into song: Oh, why do you call to me so early in the morning, oh, little cuckoo of my life?
Modhu wakes up at dawn and says to his wife, “Say goodbye.” Modina clasps her husband’s hand and says, “Not today. Go tomorrow.”