if love and hate are the same, i love me so.

I’m going to say some things and it’s going to be uncomfortable but it’s also mostly going to be true, so bear with me.
I try to be a good person, mostly–but I don’t think I like myself very much. So full of resentment. So petty. So callous. And so terrible with dealing with people’s feelings. Some days I think as many as 87 mean thoughts–maybe that number isn’t the most accurate, but I’m sure it’s close enough. And the people never deserve it.

And then I try to rectify it and feel like an absolute fake bitxh. Like in high school, when a few people said that’s what I was. That the politeness was a facade and I only did anything I did so people would like me. And it was easy enough to laugh it off in front of them, but it has always stayed.

So in college, I thought maybe I’d adjust. Maybe a little more sarcasm and a little less apologizing and then maybe people would think I’m more genuine. For someone who claims to not care what anybody thinks of her, I sure know to agonize over every little thing that has ever been said.

It’s hard to tell people I’m being myself when I’m not very sure what that is to begin with.

I think I surround myself with people I’ve convinced I’m good so I can coast off of their adoration and never have to actually become good.
I complain too much. Sometimes when someone does something shitty, I don’t confront them about it, and instead vilify them to someone else. Which isn’t right. I shouldn’t be talking about them behind their back, but I do it anyway. Sometimes I think nobody really thinks I’m a good person.

I’m constantly messing up. I get impatient with my younger siblings when all they want to do is spend a little time–and I can hear myself being an absolutely ugly goblin to them but I can’t seem to help myself, some sick pleasure off of furthering my misery (like, yes you deserve this; you’re making them feel terrible and you should suffer with them)

When I was in the 5th grade, me and my cousin bullied a classmate of hers–and at the time I thought it was okay because she used to bully my younger siblings and was always mean and maybe she deserved it. But she went home and cried and her mum called my mum and said she was devastated and I realized I’d forgotten she was human too. And still only a kid too, like all of us–and I’d never disliked myself as much as I did then.
It’s hard for me to admit to doing that then because it is such a vile thing. So hurtful, and for no reason. I try not to be that person ever again, even momentarily.

And sometimes I think I fail. Because however much you think someone has wronged you, you are never righteous in your maliciousness.

I don’t know if this reads like a 3rd grade moral ethics lesson.

Anyway, there is no satisfying conclusion, I’d just been feeling like a terrible, bad person for a while. And I’d like to not be that.

A broken record

There’s a tangle of crushed up daisies and quickweed.

I’ve got so much time. And I know. I know and it still doesn’t feel like it, though. Some days I fantasize about my heartbeat simply ceasing to exist—no fanfare, just a gentle petering out almost unnoticeable over the sound of the breeze. Those are Not Good days. I do not like myself much during them, imagine if someone were to know about that. You’re on the cusp of so many things, imagine if someone were to know this is what you think of instead. It’s bad and it’s stupid so I keep it to myself.

Everything is always changing and I can’t hear myself think over the roar of all the things changing and I have so much to do, do you realize?

But look. For now, I can be twenty.

The cicadas are always screaming. Even on the not-good days, and I wonder if they worry about the screaming they will have to do the next day. And the ones after that. If it’ll measure up to the screaming they’re doing today, if it’ll be better or worse. I’d thought once I stopped being eighteen I would be over worrying about the future and if it’ll ever measure up.

On the Not Quite Bad days my brain feels like it’s snuggled in bubblewrap. My friends think I’m distant on those days, but I’m not I’m not. I love them the same, and the love is just too much for me that day. I do not call my mum on those days either.

I like the solidity of things when I’m not flinging my emotions on to them.

They will not melt under my anger or shrink under my sadness or disappear under my happy. It’s a lot calmer in my head those days and I’m certain my voice could lull every infant to ever exist into the sweetest of dreams. And maybe that sounds wrong, I mean I want to love and be loved but some days (the Not Quite Bad ones), it gets to a little too much and all I want is for myself—bubble-wrapped— smack dab among all the things in my life, perfect- and I can not change them. And I’m thankful. Maybe those days are Just A Little Bit Bad. Those days I have to work and work to stay inside my head or else I’ll float, I will—and no one will know to look for me, or even that I’ve been gone.

On those days, some times they ask. A friend, or two (or family)—and I do not try to explain or justify it, I don’t say anything. On those days there’s a highlight reel of every time I’ve tried to tell them (I love you) and received no form of recognition (which is not their fault. I can be fuxking cryptic with these things)

Some days my heart beats too loud and it’s the absolute best thing I have ever heard.

Like on mornings I don’t have to be anywhere, and it’s too early for any trace of warmth from celestial bodies, so I can breathe, a little desultory—but skin thrumming with the possibilities. Like. I could write today, or paint, or learn a new song, or a new language. It doesn’t matter that I haven’t had any sleep—or that the dark smudges around my eyes make it all too apparent. But on days when it rains and the clouds shield everything from even the slightest hint of sunshine, and I can wake up past 9 am and still have my skin thrum in the cool, I’m grateful.

Night Blooms

get a grip

Your heart, you’ve discovered,
has a habit.
of throwing itself from heights it could never really reach before.

Affection that lingers like the fragrance of the jasmine—sweet—
on the heel that crushed it, stumbling in the dark
—forgetting to ask for forgiveness.

Your lungs mock the air attempting to make its way in:
you can’t sit with us
(laugh please. let it echo across the water. stain it bright blue and purple
—and red, closest to your heart)
they pretend to not know (how)
(oh bother)

sometimes, you’re so pretty it hurts
like gravity
gravel rushing at you,
–you: poised to smash into it, nose first;

–and I don’t know if you’re the love-er or the love-ee
it’s equally devastating, either way.
I do not want to know how it ends
–even if it’s good
–even if it’s bad

–even if it’s only as light as the kisses the dragonfly grants the water
or heavy like moonlight across tear-streaked sheets
(like in the movies—
far away)

I’m saying act
pretend they don’t taste like the first sip of water at iftaar-
icy cool lullaby soothing away every wrongdoing you’ve been met with
(or meted out)
your ribs exist for a reason
and maybe ‘cage’ is too harsh
but your heart wasn’t built to dangle off of sleeves.

We’ve never been to space
but you say it must feel something like this,
untouchable static

(get a grip, good God)

Anyway, this is about me watching all my friends fall in love and make a (happy, dangerously adorable) fool of themselves. Ah, youth.

The header is my neighbour’s tree at night from when I got to go back home this year and the last image is me at my grandpa’s at 7 in the morning, home alone on the terrace.

can’t curse on paper

p.s – was the mean girls’ ref too obvious or not at all. Also, wordpress has such great new features?? Was colouring every block in too much though?


20th October, 2018

Int.  A warmly lit restaurant.}

Devoid of patrons except for four kids who’ve known each other for 17 years. Laughter rings out, shrill, as congratulatory high-fives are exchanged over suggestive innuendos at the expense of each other. They haven’t met in a year,  but it feels like longer; it always feels longer.

Customers trickle in and the failed attempts at muffling hysterical cackling increase in number as everybody is brought up to speed with major-minor life events–but not entirely; no one anecdote sees completion, another always rushes along on its coattails and you think about how when you were little you used to talk about being at each other’s weddings, naming each other’s kids and that might actually happen. It might. Maybe you’ll have these people till the day you die regardless of however many others you find along the way who might stick around too. Cheeks hurt from smiling so much.

           ~* _______ *~

{Int. Childhood bedroom.} 

Although your younger siblings have taken over now, it feels the same. Like nothing could ever touch you here and time has never existed, no obligations except to maybe sleep in the cool dark or cry until you do. Which is a strange juxtaposition, yeah. But so have been your teenage years and it’s tangible here. in this room. You won’t be a teen the next time you visit it

25th October, 2018

{Ext. The local national park.}

The edge of winter, so the 7 am sunlight is extremely forgiving.
It starts off rocky, one of you picks it up quickly, one’s done this before,  the other two struggle until one eventually gives up and decides to just walk the rest of the way, shoving off the others to go on ahead.
You do so reluctantly…until a group of men pass by, eyes lingering for too long, and then all of you turn right back, just to make sure they don’t give her any trouble (they don’t, she’s been keeping to the walking trails). Legs ache and bicycle seats have never been comfortable but it’s beautiful and cool and you take pictures enough to jog even the faintest of memories–for when you’ll need to. Years down the road. older and forgetful. 

~* _______ *~

12th December, 2018

Today’s an ‘I’m the vilest creature in existence’ kinda day. Not a drop of liking myself in sight. Which is fine, I know it’ll pass; but today’s a ‘get home 11 hours later and immediately start crying’ kinda day. An ‘I’m the greatest inconvenience in this dimension’ kinda day. ‘Got a lump in my throat because I can’t find the nail-trimmer and I told daada I’d trim his nails’ kinda day. 

Simran Can’t Curse On Paper

Testing 1 2 3

The afternoon sun beats down on the man I can hear yelling from my window,
pushing his cart, which I’ve never seen up close, except once-

younger than 9 years old and
excited to finally have occasion to do so,
rushing down stairs I’d spent countless evenings imagining to house the vilest of monsters in its hollow banisters
(whispered into this hollow, watched them glow bright and blinding, dull their claws and razor-teeth on lemon-juice secrets sour that reject whatever saccharine relief comes their way; some days I’d whisper them a story on the way back from school; others I’d send them messages to deliver to other realms I cannot set foot into yet)
There was a rumor among the kids that he kept children in the burlap sacks under his cart
fed them overripe aubergines and tomatoes until they too turned purple and red
for all eternity. constantly.
I tried to poke at the sacks as he weighed out herbs and roots
(they were empty)
he smiled, toothless, told me to run straight back to my mum no detours.
I told the hollow that I’d narrowly escaped capture at the hands of the town orc;

knew that to be too unkind; came back once the guilt got to too much and told them that the orc is friendly and counts out the exact change. And that he isn’t an orc at all.
Put my ear to the darkness and try to hear if it forgives me.
It does,
I tell myself.

I’m not so sure of it, anymore.

On nights I threatened to run away,
Clutching paper souls in my hand,
I imagine I could melt into this hollow
and I’d be peaceful–I would.
I could cradle every whisper I’ve ever sent into this space,
hold it close and press warm kisses to its knuckles

I have loved for less.

I love for less, still.
It isn’t as fun anymore.
Movies in Technicolor and
crackling black and white to batter home your beauty.
I’m trying to hear if you’ll forgive me.

You do, I tell myself.
You would. If only, you’d press your ear to the hollow.
I have so much to tell you.

Yer Lad’s journaling again kinda sorta maybe and you get to see them a whole 48 hours later!

14th November, 2018

Hello friends, it has been a minute. Mostly because my laptop malfunctioned, and once I managed to get it up and running again I discovered my preferred medium for recording my priceless musings, Microsoft Word (peace be upon her), is no longer included in the device and I must buy Office 365. ???

Technological expenses? In my good, Christian society? Nah bitxh. Wordpad, it is.

In the meantime, I got done with my first university exams! I passed! I will not be detailing the experience–mostly because it wasn’t the best and I don’t want to relive it, but also because it was so many (3) months ago! In fact, I had my 2nd-year orientation today and I have a migraine. Fun!
Speaking of migraines, I also got my driver’s license and discovered driving gives me a headache. Why do people do it? Are they aware they’re responsible for the lives of multiple complete strangers during it? Are the aforementioned complete strangers aware they’re responsible for my life while they’re driving? Because, it’s high time you start acting like it, buddy.
I’ve always considered road rage extremely silly but it took me being on the road for all of 0.78 seconds before loudly questioning the sanity of every single person on two wheels, and also three wheels.

I’m back at my aunt’s place. I got to go back home for an entire month and a half, which was great, would 10/10 recommend. I touched, smelt, and thought of zero textbooks and did all of that with zero guilt, so that was amazing. I’m trying to ignore the fact that currently, there is no hope for a substantial enough break for me to be able to visit home again in the next year and half. But maybe something will work out somewhere, somehow. Positive thoughts.
One thing that was surprising was the lack of extreme repulsion and melancholy at the sight of this city and the college this time. Which is a good sign, maybe I’ll spend this year (and a half lol) considerably less homesick and less generally unenthusiastic about my immediate future. Who’d have thunk?

I also got a ukulele. It’s sea green and I have zero musical knowledge and this is my first instrument! Although, that’s not strictly true; I used to have a mouth organ when I was very young. It was gifted to me by my mother, and I played it all the time–with great fervor and barely a quarter of the talent– until it mysteriously disappeared after several pleas from those in my general vicinity to stop making that noise. I think about it a lot.
I also think about this music box with a mirror and a dancing lady I think I used to own. But I’m not very certain if one of my friends owned it, or if I’ve simply convinced myself that I owned it, knowing I’ve always really wanted that. Fickle thing, memory.

I’ve decided to get my shitake mushrooms together this academic year. Not just academically, but general mental and physical health too. A lot of the first year of college blended into each other, and I’m not going to have this time or be this age forever, and I feel like I’m not savoring it like I should? I feel like I say that every year. Not to needlessly romanticize every moment but also yes 100% I want to do that? I do want to be less stressed and not leave everything up to the last minute because my heart can genuinely not take it, I can feel it struggling to propel the sludge during anxiety attacks and I don’t want to do that to myself anymore. Not to put all my mushrooms in one basket, but I feel like this is one year where I will have the time to make whatever permanent changes or habits I want to implement.

I lost a lot of the fledgling poems I’d been writing during my absence when the laptop decided to just quit on me out of nowhere (rude) so this is all I have for now.

Tune in same time 2-3 business months later for the next update! (I fricking hope the frick not. I’d like to write more this year too, it’s part of the permanent changes I want to implement)

Scar Tissue

we followed the sun
rested our blistered soles on the moon and spun around the earth
over and over
far above clouds we bounced over with lighter hearts

by which I mean we fell in love
–and fell out of it–
survived it anyway.
threw up a little from the motion sickness.

tomorrow will be different
drink 8 glasses of water and not miss a single call for prayer
shower in the morning
walk in the rain
have a stranger punch me in the face
(feel something)

by which I mean we cannot crawl into each other
and shut out the cold–
you cannot outrun the physics
gravity will pull you down
or your errant heart will buzz about in ever tightening circles until it self-implodes
or you will shoot out of orbit and find yourself untethered within static
I don’t know man, I haven’t touched a physics text in a year
I’ve always been better at rhyme over reason
although not even that. lately.

we swallowed the sun
to maybe soothe our burning lungs
(fight fire with fire)
melt away our insides thinking then we could fit better
I don’t want to end on a bad note
so let’s hitchhike on shooting stars
and press salve onto each other’s palms
hurtle through the atmosphere and sing the alphabet
pretend the heat hasn’t left us shrivelled husks
who (finally) fit into each other like puzzle pieces

there’s a garden here
tell me there’s a garden that survived the summer