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Low-Lying Country

— Laboni Islam

                            watch
sea level rise like fever spilling
over
              mudlines.  everything
stilts itself.

Jamuna.  Meghna.  Padma.
to live alluvially near three rivers rising
              or

in slums with more than miles can hold
is to choose

between catastrophes.

                                          Child
              remember water was your first teacher —
              knot
                            your resiliency
                                          around your waist.

              dis-
mantle your tilting house       move
                                          farther and farther from the shoreline
                            an open parenthesis
                     where cyclones whirling through names will eventually
                            make landfall on yours
                                          (your field left open, flooded


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