Poem : Shoreline By Madeehah Reza
You, with the tense shoulders Close your eyes, just for a moment
As the air disentangles And extricates itself from a body so tightly wound It began to implode on itself.
Jaw braced, brittle bones Ready for an impact that never came.
Go on, collapse in on yourself Or on another.
You are safe.
Pour salt into water, Sugar into syrup, Body into mind, liquefied and lost
This mind, a vault of heady thoughts Ideas, Emotions
And all these emotions Crash and overlap like waves on a distant shore Each swell bears a murky weight A deluge that looms over all Before it pulls into silence Over and over and over
Waves that ebb and eventually flow Until they go.
All these emotions
Rise to the surface, bubbling and spitting Hot from a violent fire that never burned out Thunderous across an empty plain, splinters you into two Shoots sparks that sting and scratch and make you bleed
But those emotions, They will not last forever
And in their steamy wake lies a marvel A wonder, borne out of fire A golden sun soaking in its own rays Hesitant to step forward and illuminate a sky
A sky so deep and patient, still and ancient Who tells you There is no rush in a moment that stands as long as Time itself
So close your eyes, O beautiful Sun Steal a moment for yourself On some distant shore
By Madeehah Reza