If only

Rakhshinda Shakir
Posted August 14, 2020
If only
I wouldn't think, wouldn't ponder If only, I weren't a human being!

I wouldn't hurt, it wouldn't feel

I would emotionally detach.


I wouldn't cry nor lament

I would be unknown to sorrows


I wouldn't sigh! wouldn't exhale

I would always be a fresh breath


I wouldn't flood in the memories

neither nostalgic for the unknown

I would shut the doors forever to my past


I would confirm to the norms

and be afraid of stigmas

I wouldn't interrogate

and hide behind your history


I wouldn't experience the joy

amid hurt and misfortune

 wouldn't liberate to taste

my dear freedom!


I wouldn't think, wouldn't ponder

If only, I weren't a human being!

This story was submitted in response to From Poetry to Paintings .

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Aug 14
Aug 14

If only I wouldn't think??? really nice one. Keep it up

Nini Mappo
Aug 14
Aug 14

This beautifully captures the things that we do daily without thinking, because they are so embedded in our humaneness!

To not think, feel... To have no memories! It reminds me of the philosophical quote "I think, therefore I am".

Thank you for sharing :)

Aug 14
Aug 14

What a beautiful piece!! I like it

Hello, Rakshinda,

Oh, you just enumerated the realities of being human. I love your play of words, dear. :)

Thelma obani 2020
Aug 27
Aug 27

Thanks for sharing your beautiful poem with us.

Aug 28
Aug 28

Thank you for sharing.