the one thing i can’t be
though there are many other adjectives
that stare at me
from their balconies at midnight
as i walk and crawl through the dirt road,
through the pool of lights,
crying and shouting and breaking dreams
in every home that i pass by.
i hear them shaking their heads
with disapproval and hopelessness.
i look at their hazy shadows
and try to hate them in equal measures
but i don’t
because they are so easy to forget.
but this honesty,
this honesty that people expect
makes me want to hide, run, run over their hearts
all because it is so simple.
all because the ones who ask me of this
through their tears
are not mere observers
but are the ones struggling to stay close to me
fighting the unnecessary sandstorm i create everyday.
they are the ones who deserve honesty.
they are the ones i don’t deserve.
but my dishonesty is not only for this world.
it is the only thing i can offer to myself as well.
so again, i wake up in their arms
with another lie ready on my lips.
i hug them with with my true love and my false heart.
i don’t try to make it right
when they are in shambles again
because there is no fancy way to put it,
there is no beauty in what i do,
there is no promise i would keep.
there are only people who i leave.
even when i can’t bear to miss one more person again.
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the one thing i can’t be
LOVE IS …
hiding my smile when you walk towards me
talking your name, just because i can
(just to make sure that i can).
feeling like a child when you call my name back.
interrupting the meaningful silence
with pointless debates,
pretending to sulk, acting cute,
being happy to act like idiots for once.
wasting away time,
walking towards nowhere
because that is what we do.
painting each other again
till we get it right.
loving in every way possible.
trying to become the love
that cannot be forgotten.
sweet words, sad past,
family tree in red ink,
lost friends, lost innocence
fill our time.
reliving the past that we suffered alone
in each other’s presence.
finding meaning in destiny,
agreeing with god’s plan,
begging for a day more
of this, this happiness
that fills us with dread and hope
of being understood.
waking at midnight,
hiding my body that you have killed for the day.
waking at noon,
looking for you, giving you second chances.
getting back only one word reply-
‘hi’,’ok’, ‘hmmm’, ‘lol’,’k’, ‘bye’.
waking up again and again.
going to sleep again and again.
murmuring your bitter name in my sleep
with tears i won’t remember.
silence – avoiding uncomfortable topics
silence – avoiding fights
silence – nursing wounded ego
silence – planning revenge (or something of that sort)
silence – being handed the list of shortcomings
silence – being handed ultimatums
silence – having nothing to talk
silence – feeling lonely
silence – ‘love’ has left the chat
waiting at cafes
that sell drinks which taste
like the mass-produced dreams
that make your heart burn
and everything with chocolate
as a cheap therapy,
as they play breakup songs on repeat
to normalize the pain of every kind.
I was sat down and told repeatedly everyday
that though the world belongs to all of us,
sometimes it is better
to step back,
to only take up the space we need.
I misunderstood it to be a lesson in humility,
wanting less, and sacrifice,
but I realize now that it was not so.
I was told to stop before I anger someone,
before someone got jealous,
or before they saw the weakness of my gender.
As I stand on the balcony at midnight
and hear drunk shady men shouting, cursing, and stumbling,
as they make their way to their broken homes,
I remind myself
this is what I am supposed to fled,
a person who is allowed to loose their mind,
a person who will always have excuse to hurt.
This what everyone wanted me to become,
someone who is proficient at spotting dangers,
who can conjure up the worst possible scenarios
when they hear another’s footsteps on deserted streets,
and see the worst possible demons in the face of men.
These days I often hear people say
that the new meaning of a powerful woman is
the one who walks into misfortune willingly,
before she is stalked and defeated by it.
Is this the only alternative to what I am living?
I wish that when I walked past a stranger on streets
I could smile and wish them a good day,
without having to fear being misunderstood,
without the echoes of ‘she asked for it’ in my mind.
There is somewhat
a hesitancy in me
to I pick up the call
The ring sounds different.
It has a shaky sound
immitating the hands
that must be struggling to hold
phone in the very hand
through which countries of stories
have slipped into darkness.
who must feel like a character
who has lost his story.
And I am afraid
I can’t offer him
the words that can build up his life back,
that can calm his chaotic breathing,
and shuddering heart.
I can’t do it.
Because I was once on the other side
and my hands are still shaking.
I turn around in my bed all night
trying to reassure the only heart
that I can heal.
I dreamt of Galip’s dream,
He dreamt of sitting by a blue haired girl on a bus.
I dreamt of what he saw.
He looks at her sitting alone by the window.
He doesn’t wonder why her hair is blue.
He doesn’t ask why is she so beautiful.
He doesn’t wonder why she she alone,
at midnight boarding empty buses.
He sits and looks at her.
And imagines the people who see her everyday.
He looks at her eyes that look at
everything in the world as if she owns it.
That looked at everyone as if they are hers.
He wonders do these people know how fortunate they are
to be at receiving end of her smile.
He knows (as I know) why
she caught his eye.
She looks exactly as she is.
She is something he could never be.
Something I could never be.
Galip and me, both are caught in the storm of her being
And we forget what we are.
And it is bliss.
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In front of my dear flashing screen,
I lay snuggled in my bed,
Dozens of lives were put up on show,
But I was engrossed in my own sorrow instead,
But the next second a flash, a thunder caught my sight,
Foretelling the rain that is to follow tonight.
I slide the glass doors of my balcony,
And stepped outside to be hugged by the wind,
Flowing like an unstoppable river,
In front of it, I felt like a small kid,
Compared to the great expanse before me,so small my plight,
In some seconds, rain will wash away my sorrow, tonight.
The rhythm of the wind,
Echoed in my ears
A sweet song on its own,
And then the first drop fell on my cheeks, disguising my tears,
Here comes my savior hero, my knight
Here comes the rain tonight.
I rise up from my fear and
As if I have been awakened from a dream to reality,
Like a phoenix rising from its own ashes,
I can now at least see reason despite my insanity,
The sky is showering its blessings at the stroke of midnight,
As everyone sleeps, I am awakened by the rain tonight.
These water drops have returned home,
After a long journey’s cessation,
They bounce , fall and jump around,
In this solitude, I witness a unique celebration.
I can’t find words for describing, to write,
Their celebration, my hopes and the rain tonight.
This joy, this celebration,
My heart it feeds,
These drops though small and negligible
To my mind, my peace serves as seeds,
It rains everyday in my heart,
But finally it rains tonight.
With sun’d filtered beams,
Reaching me with all its shine
The rain must leave and so do I,
Like two best friends we’ll again meet sometime
I have forgotten my sorrow, its reason and everything’s alright
The only thing I remember is the fact that it rained last night