People call us bugs
Give us offensive names
True. We lack a medium to voice
Our daily pandemonium.
Granted we are mindless
Insects on a Sisyphean errand
Of ceaseless scuttling—yet
We register discourse of pain
Through the mechanics of memory.



So we come and scatter here to channel
Our filtered voice—unheard before
We come here to authorise
Our Identity—unrecognised before.



We bear witness
To History—and of late
Human civilisation.
Of empires rising and falling to
The waging of stupid Wars
We come here to disseminate
Fundamental truths of an age-old legacy.



We’ve stood witness
To Love—
A sweet kiss or a warm hug
From a mother to her child or
So engaged by a pair of lovers
Quietly poised on bed.
We crawl, they think, heedlessly but
We observe them microscopically.



We’ve stood witness
To Pain—
When love goes unreciprocated
Or silently bear
The cut of kind betrayal.
Unholy relations disgusts us
We crawl sniffing our trail.



We’ve stood witness
To Humanity—
In the salvaging of endangered species
When a man helps a man or
Women folk together sing
Their songs of Gender
When a small boy caresses a hungry street dog
Or feed stale chapattis to skinny cows.



We’ve stood witness
To Politics—
Grey-suited men engaged in conferences
People encouraging communal riots
For religion, caste or rights or
The rigging of elections in political fights
Man kills man for the sake of
Killing— a masochistic pleasure.
We laboriously crawl our torturous path
With solemn composure.



We’ve stood witness
To Time and ceremonies—
Youth clothes itself in folds of wrinkles
Monuments ushering deep cracks
(Good for our habitat!)
In the funeral pyres or in
The burning of a bride for dowry. But
We crawl self-obsessed and oblivious
To death itself.



Men stamp on us quite often
We too crawl on them
We both share a bond
Of mutual indifference!


Abdul Mubid Islam

Abdul Mubid Islam

Abdul Mubid Islam is currently working as an Assistant Professor in English, Swahid Peoli Phukan College, Namti, Sivasagar (Assam). He is a registered PhD research scholar in the Dept. of English, Gauhati University and has submitted his thesis titled Theatre of Drums: Violence and Body Politics in the Plays of Wole Soyinka.

His areas of interest include Creative Writing (poetry), philosophy, psychoanalysis, literary theory, postcolonialism and theatre and performance studies. Apart from research, he is also a part-time editor at MRB Books and Unique Publishers. He has been a content writer of MHRD sponsored UGC e-pathshala project and has also authored study material in The Institute of Distance and Open Learning (IDOL), GU.