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Tanisha Sethi

Abstract Inspirational


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Tanisha Sethi

Abstract Inspirational


Freedom

Freedom

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It would try to lisp dumbness sometimes—the language of welts rising slowly on the panes, a cracked blur of riot-torn air, confused which year it was.

The last time it made a sound was when it crinkled on its way into a bin, a great plot of justice. I wasn’t born, then; my father was.

It must have been whole once, for you could still conceive it like a dream, a gloriously illegitimate thing, though; until a country was torn out of its heart one day and you saw its impaled ghost in the moon.

My grandfather told me we had slept so long with a flag over us, we couldn’t run when machetes poked us awake amidst still-dreaming heads rolling in the streets like marbles stuck in-game.

There was nowhere to go and we went nowhere, with its face slumped on our backs and history books that said what had happened in the past,

until sixty years later, a community’s threats betraying her voice, a poor nun requested me to leave my month-old job in a convent where I’d studied since childhood.

I keep trying to find its shape in photographs, old letters, the wind of stories trapped in some cancerous throat, dying ...

a tattered roof in the stars, a tent flying off with meanings barely gathered into a heap.


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