Earthquakes and Wreckage between You and You

The place where I lived, the earth never shattered, the buildings never collapsed.

The windows cracked open on my palms though.

The earth shivered, like my constant anxiety, like a panic attack,

Like something is going to happen,

That my earth might just crack right open

I have always prepared for the time the earth will shatter,

When the worst happens, and mostly epicentre is around me,

I want to run away, to an open space,

You are not sometimes but my only home, I feel I have,

But I want to run away to open and breath, look behind and see,

It is just a tremor; I won’t shatter right now,

I’ll come back,

But I’ll practice my drill,

I have seen how earth shatters and people die due to the wreckage

I am not worried about how broken I will be, or if I would die,

I am worried, how will I continue and survive.

– Riya Ray

Riya Ghosh Ray, 22, is a graduate from University of Delhi, India in Literature now pursuing Masters in Gender Studies from Ambedkar University Delhi. She performs/writes poems to talk about things that she can’t talk about otherwise, in between dealing with the leftovers of her heart and her friends from Madness Villa.

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