Carnegie Mellon University
Writing up emotions
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Scritch khrshhh. I scrambled a poem about my cousin’s wedding that I had just attended. I put the notebook in my bag, remembering that people had advised me not to wear a shalwar kameez at the airport.
It was in casual attire that I bid my farewells. Amongst a mixture of ecstasy and uncertainty, I looked back into my father’s eyes.
In my mind, I was suddenly twelve again. The ambulance lights flashed on the circumlunar walls of the mental asylum on the way from our house to the hospital. I received solace only in my ventilated father’s moving eyes, screaming every time they stopped.
I stood in the hospital garage. I’d just seen a lady come out of the ICU. Her only means of communication- an inaudible shriek, tears and a shake of the head. Someone unknown to me had just died. On the other side was the green glow of the Subway logo. I saw a kid trailing behind his father, focused on his foot-long.
My mind was a tempest of thoughts. There was disbelief. There was numbness. Then, I was blank. I looked at the hospital. I looked back to Subway. For reasons indefinite I thought “An empty stomach celebrating a scarred heart”. That is how my first poem originated. In the ensuing days all I could do while worrying was to try to complete...
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