“Summer Mood” – Nayana Nair

my feet relentlessly insist
on burning themselves
for the sake of summer mood.

i wear a shirt too big for me.
a wear a smile a bit too small.
i wear the worry of my parents on my neck.

i feel their fear
when i smile back at strangers.
i pretend to be the sand that no one can hurt.
i pretend to be the sea that doesn’t end.
i pretend no man in this beautiful scene
would hurt someone like me.

but my feet, they burn, they bleed.
my feet that only wanted freedom
from the moment i was born,
now they make me feel like the mermaid
who was not wise enough.

i feel like i am losing a part of myself
every time a stranger asks for my name,
every time they accidentally touch my skin
to fill me with shame and sin.
i pretend to be cool, to be understanding,
to be blind
as i feel like the monster
that brings out the worst in people.
as i erase my memories everyday
to put faith in people whom i find hard to trust.

5 Comments

  1. Verses with a deep feeling of being worried about our personal life. Circumstances that revive the unpleasantness of life. But there is always hope and that is within us. An excellent poem. Good weekend.

    1. I agree with you. In spite of such unpleasantness we find strength and hope to dream and demand a better world.
      Really glad that you liked my poem πŸ™‚ Thank you so much πŸ™‚ πŸ˜€

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