Nerves throb over airy breaths,
each one scarier as time passes -
she should be choosing markers
and drawing on skies as we land on the
head first into safer disasters.
I read a book once -
all I remember of Heidi is a mountain
and a goat,
all I remember of yesterday is memory -
I used to remember.
What I used to remember, I forget.
I see a girl with bushes for hair
and flies circling overhead,
she runs from them screaming -
The world is wide,
she wants to travel running.
The world is small,
she has friends in every town.
The world is kind,
free hugs are given sometimes.
The world is scary -
but a safer disaster.
I should be using my red marker,
I should be losing my red marker,
diving headfirst into cotton candy
and questionable street food.
Hold your breath and gulp it down -
I should be writing without feeling
I should be writing and remembering
not counting and
an unsafe disaster.
All I remember of
all I remember -
there was a goat and some flies,
clouds eaten and
sorry, what was I saying?
Written by Saumya Sawleshwarkar