31 Day Challenge October, Poetry

Day 1: in praise of an ‘Angel’

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They said they couldn’t reach a point of compromise with you. That it was because you didn’t seem to have that same affection for them, the kind that came so naturally to you for me.

But I think they’re liars. I think they saw too much of me in you to really love you; too much of me in your too big for your tiny frame confidence

In your tresses and in your tantrums

In your big brown eyes with even bigger dreams, quick to observe and quicker to come to tears

In your heart that you guarded ferociously

Open and straightforward, brutally honest with others and yet too sensitive to pain yourself

In the ease with which you switched languages

In your imagination, your 100 different names

In your laughter which was annoyance for them

In your silence and your whispers as they tickled my neck ‘Last night, I dreamt this dream…’

In your spontaneous songs humming away in the back yard during a Ramadan summer

They said they were tired of going round in circles, as if they were free of blame. They failed to see humans can’t ascend to the playing field of angels, and you were nothing short of an angel: amused, unaffected by what they said, when they said

They couldn’t reach a point of compromise with you.

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