One Day, I’ll No Longer Be Scared

One Day, I’ll No Longer Be Scared

Written by Yasmeen Shah


You’re scared that one day

I’ll shed off this star studded shawl 

and show them the embroidered scars near my shoulder

like a hanging parapet

of a demolished fort

You’re scared

that one day

I’ll rise above the pompous gama

and mellow smiles,

to tell them all 

though my teeth are white 

my soul is decayed

in yellows and browns

I swear you won’t be able to look at 

or stand the odour

You’re scared one day

I’ll rise above the crown of my head 

and the glue of my tongue

to be the one

with a crowned tongue

and a head glued to the sky

You’re scared

that one day

I won’t breach the doors

or break the glass windows

yet the world will listen to my agony through my raised voice

jamming all the cacophonies

the decibels will shake the mountains of the far land

and you’ll be surprised. 

You’re scared

that one day

I’ll no longer be scared. 


Yasmeen Shah
Yasmeen Shah

Yasmeen writes empowering stories and poetry, and stands for what she believes in through the power of her words.

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