Eyes like espresso so black
Eyes like espresso so black, eyelashes to the moon, soft lips that are meant to be kissed. Eyes like a summer forest, brown and green and golden sparkles.
Eyes like a glacier river, blue and disturbing – looking right through me, touching me uncomfortably brutal somewhere deep down in my heart.
Wishing these eyes will last on me forever, wishing I could escape them for a little while. Do you see what I think you see?
Am I the open book I am afraid of being?
Are you able to read my thoughts and feelings?
Eyes like espresso so black, I feel you undressing me.
Layer by layer, clothing the color of a grey ocean uncovering pale skin.
Revealing inches of my body I do not like.
Don’t they bother you too?
Feet like lion paws, thumbs too short and too thick.
Black hair on parts of my body where no flower is meant to grow.
Skin that has aged too early, legs too strong for the rest of my body.
Hoping the dullness of the night will hide it all from you.
But tell me, eyes like espresso so black, how will you see me in bright sunlight?
Felt fine until I got to know you better.
Afraid of not being as good, as smart, as kind, as talented as you.
Asked if you had any weaknesses.
There were very few.
Need to stop feeling intimidated.
How lucky am I that you can teach me so many things?
But what have I to offer?
No longer a stranger
But there is still so much to discover.
Body and mind
Map and maze at the same time.
Which door to push open, which road to take?
Will I ask the right questions, know the right answers to get to the heart?
Unlock it, and then?
Can we discover body and mind together?
Shape and build each other stronger, softer?
No more barriers to protect ourselves.
But please, promise, if we unlock our hearts
Let us protect them together.
by Anambar Aditya Chaudhury (Maison de L’Inde)
Here are shards of our broken belief
Which we once protected most
Once we cherished most
Now, we are Naked to each other
There is no more pretention
No more fear of losing each other
We are not anymore scared
We realise the meaning of us
The faith has become deeper
The love becomes more natural
Because we have become what we really are,
We are becoming Us.
Just let it go
by Zeineb Bouassida (Maison de la Tunisie)
Tonight, I feel like writing, writing the thoughts that are
crossing my mind these days. Since the day I heard
about this huge epidemic I couldn’t have imagined it
would cause this amount of trouble and reach this level
of attention. I am observing today everything taking a
huge break. Our jobs, our studies, our nights out,
workouts, trips basically everything! Isn’t that what we
used to name LIFE? Am I wrong? But what if it’s not?
Does really your life is your position in work, your
balance in the bank account or your grades at school?
Well, maybe you should take a break for a minute and
observe the present moment. Where are you? At home
having lunch with your family members. Definitely! We
no more have the right to leave our homes. Now let’s
come back to the present, you are here, in your home
surrounded by your family eating lunch. You are not
worrying about the work you must deliver or the bill
you must pay because as I said everything is taking a
break. Own that moment, live it fully and enjoy every
detail. Talk to your mom, ask your father about his day,
enjoy the company of your relatives and engage in deep
conversations with them.
We made life’s facilities as priorities and we
neglected the precious things who made us what we
are today. What if we are called to this shutdown on
purpose? To be grateful for the things we have and to
let go of the things we can’t control. I would call this
epidemic a huge phenomenon who left us humans in
this planet speechless, not knowing the effective
solution no matter how powerful we think we are.
We’re humans, we’re limited,and we will always be.
Limited in front of mother nature. This nature is
today leaving us a very wise message. “We will never
be in definite control of everything going on in this
universe”. Maybe you are thinking you are weak or
powerless when you hear that. But you know what?
You’re not! Take off the burden you’re carrying
around your shoulders. You know why? Cause it’s
fine! Everything will be okay in the end and If it’s not
okay then definitely it’s not the end.