|29 Mar 2023|
|Written by Sana Shoukat|
|Blogs: "Perspectives, Provocations & Initiatives"|
This piece is an ode to myself – a self-critical sort of self-love. In a year of whirlwind emotions and finding myself experiencing growing pains I had never expected, I found that I was willingly tearing myself apart critically, every single day. So, I wrote this to remind myself that I can be both, beautiful and haunting, at the same time. And neither of them is exclusively good nor bad.
Beautiful and Haunting
You are beautiful,
In the way despair
caresses mirages in an endless desert,
In the way sunshine peeks
behind thick clouds during monsoon rains,
In the way rivers scar the earths surface
You are haunting.
In the way an echo touches the curve
between a laugh,
In the way the moonlight reaches far enough
to warm untouched skin,
In the way darkness swallows hope.
You are beautiful and haunting,
In the way glass wind chimes in kaleidoscope hurricanes
shatter sound barriers in black holes,
In the way mossy fog wisps over mountainous sorrow,
In the way fresh fruit
falls bruised from its home.
You are beautiful.
You are haunting.
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