Written by Akshita Singh

 

I feel the waves call out to me,

The dark and blue oblivion;

Made of hues colorless,

Perfect for blackened souls.

Maybe being submerged won’t be too bad,

Yet a dive was all I dared,

Controlling the numbing urge to let go;

Resemble the wild water lilies.

And yet look grotesque.

I hold my breath, close my eyes,

The water detracts my soul,

As every breath I take, aches,

Leaving scars and indelible bruises;

And every breath I don’t, burns,

Leading my way to abeyance.

I think of all those well-wishing fools,

Who said I could be saved;

But how could you save someone,

Who was convinced she deserves,

To drown, rot and be forgotten?

In front of them, I wear my smile,

An expression of apology, a master of disguise;

Or maybe an armor of subdued vulnerability.

Isn’t it better to let my salty creeks,

Mix with the ocean,

Rather than pretending they don’t exist,

Housing and hiding them?

Perhaps I want to hear a yes too soon,

For the denial is the only thing

Holding me back.

 

Text © Akshita Singh

 

 

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