Made in Bangladesh
How to suck blood from this blood-sucked
image? A garment worker’s needle is suturing
the scene: she sews a thousand polyester hearts
while her Singer croons, a schoolgirl breasts
the clock-less walls, Dhaka’s illit-
erate mothers thread an English
logo, and a factory soldier stalks the aisles —
Extendo lolling at his hip.
Nights ago, the garment worker drowned
her newborn in the toilet: half-submerged
in bloody water it groped the umbilical cord
like a rescue rope. The mother snipped the line
with fabric scissors, standing on the red mirror,
whispering: all survival poems are washed in blood.
Published online August 08 2017.
Yusuf Saadi won the 2016 Vallum Chapbook Award and the The Malahat Review’s 2016 Far Horizons Poetry Award. At other times, his writing has appeared or is forthcoming in magazines including Brick, The Malahat Review, Grain, Prairie Fire, PRISM international, Vallum, and untethered. He is also an executive editor at Sewer Lid magazine and reader for The Rusty Toque.