‘After All’: A Poem by Yasmin Dankaro

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Our first creative writing submission of the new year is from Yasmin Dankaro whose poem ‘After All’ “reflects the mental approach leaving the last year (2020) and going into the new one, it is also generally a response to trauma and hurt while attempting to carry on.”

After All

Let’s wrap ourselves
In the glaze of calm
Glaze our eyes 
With the film of distraction 
And keep the things 
That cause us concern 
Cause us to mourn 
Cause us to ache 
The things that stitch fear 
Onto the sleeve of our hearts
That cause us to flinch
Far flung 
Because it is what the rawness of memory has taught us 

Shall we drape ourselves 
With a new skin 
To wrap us in illusion 
Replenish our naivety 
Shake our heads empty 
Of the truths that soil and sting our thought
Of the weight 
That wore out feeling 
And invited numbness 
Because it all became too much 
Shall we pretend
That we are alright?
Shall we? 


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