We are thrilled to debut Alanoud‘s poem on the Untitled Chapters website as our first entry to the September theme “Battles” Enjoy
My eyes shut..
Then I wonder if you would ever learn to believe.. that I’m different
I sought death and you smiled.
I rose and you cried.
Why so bitter?
I see your eyes craving my grief..
With a quiver
Resembling a leaf…
Oh dearest of all, why… must I say it? .. why the dark soul?
I seek the light while you chain me .
My legs tethered, my arms ever frozen.
I seek warmth in the frosts of your breath.. erupting against my determination .. blowing into a slim hollowness in my core .
I wade across the greasy mud you spawn …
Rise upon the bricks you shove ..
“Enough!!” I shout in mute ..
I scream in silence across the roar of your fear.. the fear you mask with your weapon of a faned authority
Look at me ..
No, don’t glare at me, I said see me!
I am human .. A pure fire of ambition .. no flames, no burns
Oh now ..
No sweat .. mere tears .. sliding down my body .. the malady slithering up to my chest -it throbs!-, my neck , my crest!
Take me … shake me…
Here’s my heart, now break me.
But no shout of “release me” will I utter .. no wait .. Make me suffer.
Hither and yon detain me ..
Feed me with your torture..
Grow me bigger ..
Tall I stand..
I shall never surrender ..