By Rahani Mohan
Life becomes a mindless scream.
Nightmares are etched into the insides of your eyelids
And your tears suffocate your sleep.
Hope is only fool’s gold.
To be numb is the only way to escape the torment.
I wish I could take away your pain
And wipe away your scars.
Why was no one there to save you
When your innocence was shattered?
No revenge, no justice, no answers.
Like a light it masquerades as a hope and dream.
Like a whispered promise of salvation.
But even death was stolen from you.
Remain in the world, forever fragmented and helpless.
I wallow in my self-pity wishing I could have saved you.
My tears stain you,
My smiles are hollow,
My kisses are ashes,
And my embrace a shroud.
Reason trickles through broken fingers.
Those who hold power over your body have no reason.
This world holds no answers to your cries. Only echoes.
Please God, let there be a purpose.
Show her a tangible truth.
There is too much pain.
And she is alone.
Don’t give up
by Mujel Hasan
You showed me
how to stand,
head held high;
I almost ceased to dream,
and head towards
so wrong a stream;
but look at me now,
I took the bow;
your words I kept
made me more adept–
I return the favor,
help you be braver,
please, do not give up;
more coffee in the cup
to share morning sessions,
and take you out
of lingering depression.
Now, show me that spirit–
it is not time yet
Published: The Filipino Magazine in Kuwait (TFM), Issue 116. Kuwait: August 2014, p. 20.