Author: Shazia Ahmad
Meetup – Theme/Number/Host: Poetry/#079/Rebecca
You come to me
Like I wish I could to the world
Strong and unapologetic
Strutting around in a two piece, made of wave and waves of disdain
Bouyant, and fluid
Still soft around your egde
Still willing to mould yourself
To me, to my whims, to my words, to my fury.
I, I, I stand here, wishing to be you,
Wishing to be more
To stand in my own vastness and scream
HOW DARE YOU?
HOW DARE YOU REDUCE ME TO THIS? JUST THIS?
HOW DARE YOU REDUCE ME TO THE SIZE OF MY WORDS,
TO THE LENGTH OF “teri aankhoN meiN samandar samayeiN haiN”
OR TO THE BREADTH OF “teri sansoN meiN doob jaane ko jee chahta hai”?
I want to stop.
Instead, I let you flow through me,
Ink to page, staining, blotting
A taint that envelops
Drowning the noise around me, until we are one,
You and I, in a two piece swimsuit,
Standing here, asking,
“How dare you?”