Playing With Fire

It is a lonely night, clouds are dark. A thunderstorm is brewing somewhere above me. I know it won’t rain tonight, just some thunder and lightning will fill the sky. Walking deeper into this dark forest I look up and smile at the moon. Its half form looks like a smile, an indication of what…

In Hiding

Clouds darkened, thunder struck and rain poured, it was a night I will remember all my life. I was a young child kissing my mom’s wounds as usual, never asking how she always hurt herself. It didn’t matter or so I wanted to believe. I heard him knocking angrily and instead of opening, my mom…

Letters Of Love

It has been so long since we met. 2 years 5 months and 6 days. I miss how you hugged me tight from behind every time I came to meet you. I miss your warm skin against mine. I miss your voice dissolving in my ears and your scent in my breath. But I don’t…

A Widow’s Eyes

Just yesterday I was wrapped in white silk and today I am encased in black. It is not just the color of my cloak that has changed, my eyes have changed too. Where lay dreams of a life in love, today resides a fire to burn. With flowers in my hands and tears in my…

Maple Leaves

It was the fall of 1998 when days were getting shorter and nights were an endless ocean. I was still a young girl spending my days basking in the sun. My innocent self collected maple leaves and chanted virtues of tolerance, unity and peace. Those were the days of blissful unawareness, until one day I…

Mourning In Red

I remember you told me I look beautiful in red, like a delicate rose. I remember that day when I sent you a picture in a red dress and you came 12 miles just to see me. I remember how happy you were when you asked me out for the first time and I came…

Prisoner Of My Skin

I am scared to look at my naked skin in the mirror. I am reminded how they clawed on my pure skin with their blood stained hands. My reflection evokes memories of being dragged out of my home and kept as a prisoner. I was not a prisoner of war but the war had me…

The Rainbow Cave

“Don’t enter the cave, it is a dark hole”, they would say. But I see the cave light up in beautiful colors. I see it open its arms to embrace me with no judgments. I see others like me wearing the rainbow colors of the cave with pride. I see a life of love and…

The Girl In The Box

I don’t know how long it has been since uncle packed me in a box. He said we were going to a better place where I will have food to eat. But I don’t understand why mom was crying, doesn’t she want me to eat good food and have new toys? It is so dark…

Painted Upon

Like a canvas they pour colors on me, choking me with the weight. They make “art” on my bare skin like it wasn’t beautiful on its own. They glide their brushes on my face to smoothen my lines, leaving me crinkled on the inside. They turn me prettier with each touch but I can feel…

Just A Hiccup

Dear city girl, I freeze in the buzzing streets as you push past me. I fumble over my words as I try to speak your tongue. I tug at my modest clothes as I see you dressed to the nines. I look at the plain Jane staring at me from the mirror as I see…

I Wish I Could

To the teenage girl at the bus stop, I saw you today waiting for the bus. I saw a reflection of myself in you. A shiver raced down my spine at that thought. I wish I could say I saw in you a budding writer like me. I wish I could say we share the…