Shubhangi Joshi

 

 

(India)

 

 

 

1. The Morning Headline

 

It all seemed

way too familiar,

it all looked

simple enough

 

A case of

open and shut facts of war,

of objectivity

of impersonal observation

 

It was not me

it was just a number,

it was not me

it’s okay to forget

 

But then the night fell

in the back of my mind,

and my dreams

knew me all too well

 

Subconscious is a funny thing

it shows you what you wish to hide,

forces you to acknowledge

what you wish to erase forever

 

And so, that night

behind closed eyes,

I became the unknown victim,

the nameless number was me

 

I saw it all happen

the explosions, the bombs,

terror and helplessness

smeared across my face

 

Desperate to know

whether my brother, my sister

my father, my mother

were safe, or lost in oblivion

 

It was a nightmare

darker than the darkest night

It was a fear

more crippling than death itself

 

And when the yellow morning

brought me back to my reality,

I could not forget

what my dreams had to tell me

 

And it struck me

that I could wake up from this nightmare,

but that nameless victim in the headlines

could not

 

 

 

2. I Have a Few Questions

 

Friend,

why do you beg

to be forgiven for sins

you haven’t even committed?

 

Why do you punish yourself,

deny yourself

the wonders of life,

when that’s all you’ve got?

 

Why do you close your eyes

to your fellow man,

hoping that would open your eyes

to divinity?

 

Why do you feel

that the one who created us

would want you to suffer, or hate another,

when all life came forth from the same infinity?

 

Each breath, each moment in time,

is a miracle of creation,

and we are lucky to be blessed

with a few of these breaths..

 

I hope, one day

you learn

that the god within you,

is the same god that lives within me

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Shubhangi Joshi is a poet, guitarist and singer songwriter based in New Delhi, India. Her work, which draws upon her love for nature and her experience as a woman in the contemporary Indian society, has appeared in national and international journals such as The Brown Critique, The Voices Project, Manushi (acclaimed Indian feminism journal) and the Taj Mahal Review. She is currently working on her debut book of poetry, set to launch in September 2014.

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