By:  Sundus Alsharif

There are moments in time that I will

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never forget.

Like the smell of fresh grass, laughter of friends,

Or the sky before it’s about to rain

Like the rain I always blocked with an umbrella, I saw the world through

rose tinted glasses—

of flowers that grew through cracks

smiles that shined on

even the most shattered of mirrors.

A breath of innocence that children have.

The kind of wonder I used to have.

I want to know what happened when I lost my passion.

I think it was when

I forgot how to feel my fingers making prints in the warm sand.

My heart lost its beat,

I was sleeping and awake.

What a horrible place my mind must have been—

a mind trapped, afraid to think. 

My words paint thoughts I never think:

A canvas of beautiful words that don’t live in me. 

They flow off of my lips, 

putting me asleep, and never waking me up.

I think next time, when I brush my fingers across the warm sand, I have to feel a little closer. 

Speak a little louder. 

Dream longer. 

Act even stronger. 

Because I remember a man who had still had a dream despite every person who told him he was wrong

I know of a woman who said “ I will not” when asked to give up her seat to a white man.

I remember a man who spoke words of peace to those who mocked him.

I remember a sea being split in two. The blind opening their eyes. A baby being able to speak.

I know of a book that has the same letters, words, and pages now as it did 1400 years ago.

A beautiful canvas of words that don’t just live in me, they encompass my entire being.

Now, when I brush my fingers across warm sand, each granule runs through my heart

I used to look for justice in rose tinted glasses.

Now I find justice from inside of me

Every soul born in goodness, I know that this justice comes from You, oh God.

It’s inside of me, and us all.  

There are moments in time that I will

never forget.

Like the smell of fresh grass, laughter of friends,

Or the sky before it’s about to rain—

I finally trashed my umbrella, and started to

dance in the rain. 

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