The Story Of Us

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Mesmerized
Traumatized
Ostracized
And chastised

Breathing air
Filled with lies
Vengeful words
In disguise

Fairytales
Broken hearts
Juxtaposed
Miles apart

All your smiles
Laced with spite
Covert looks
Pure-bred blight

Ticking clocks
Out of sync
Broken pens
Lacking ink

Symphonies
Jarring sounds
Hunting me
Packs of hounds

When will you
Break these walls
Answer me
Not their calls

Time to stop
Take a look
Is this one
For the books

Read between
Wordless lines
Shed the dark
Let it shine

Fools we are
Chasing ghosts
Leaving what
Matters most

Realize
Recognize
Empathize
Synchronize

– Yousuf Bawany, February 2017

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Emotions on Sale

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Demons fighting in my sleep
Monsters rising from the heap

Nightmares keeping me awake
More of this, I cannot take

Wake up and I figure out
How to get rid of self-doubt

I will have a big yard sale
Set up everything to scale

Put my feelings on display
Everything must go today

Buckets of false hope for free
Jealousy in packs of three

Complex webs of greed hand-spun
Take the hatred, I am done

Get my worries, two for one
Bottled sadness, I want none

Stacks of guilt, I’m done with these
Paid all my subscription fees

What is left I will discard
Should not really be that hard

When my yard is all cleared up
Of this life I’ve had enough

I will pack up all my bags
Dress myself in simple rags

To the beach, I will head out
Take the solitary route

Won’t have anything to hide
Joy and I’ll enjoy the ride

Smile and sing along the way
Up until we reach the bay

Sip some sunshine from a glass
Watch the happy faces pass

Wash the remnants, dark and grim
In free waters, I shall swim

– Yousuf Bawany, June 2016

This Thing Called ‘Life’

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At times
I just get
Overwhelmed
Thinking
About things
That I have yet
To accomplish
Driving me to
The verge of
Tears

“Get over it”,
I tell myself,
“Life’s short;
Prioritize,
Persevere,
Perspire,
Just push it
And make
Every second
Count”

– Yousuf Bawany, May 2016

 

Emotions: Unshackled

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Insane and neurotic
All out of my mind
Eyes brimming with teardrops
Blurred vision, I’m blind

My self is all but lost
Humanity’s gone
Life isn’t worth living
It’s time to move on

But where would I go to
Who’ll keep me around?
Why would someone pick me
Withered and run-down?

No feels, no emotions
Drifting with the flow
No set destination
There’s nowhere to go

The scars run too deep and
The stain is too fresh
Entangled, strangled
In this pensive mesh

Everything is laced with
A trace of self-doubt
Is this what I’m worth now?
Is there no way out?

You plucked all my feathers
Couldn’t fly away
Cleverly made sure that
By your side I’ll stay

I keep hearing voices
They’re all just the same
Coaxing me, cajoling
To call out your name

The hurt that you’ve caused is
Just too much to bear
Should I crawl right back or
Should I cease to care?

You crushed me, you used me
Till I came undone
These tears I shall wipe and
Grief I’ll overcome

Barrenness within I’ll
Fill with a new love
You’re not worth my pity
Tears you don’t deserve

With brand new resolve I
Get up from the floor
There’s worlds worth exploring
Beyond your closed door

The sun’s shining brightly
The sky’s filled with light
Breathing in some fresh hope
I take one more flight

– Yousuf Bawany, May 2016