As waves arched over my head,
I struggled to stay afloat.
my lungs were bursting.
As the salty water stung my eyes.
I kicked harder.
My head broke through the water,
but I only managed to take one feeble breath,
before the waters pulled me down again.
My vision turned hazy,
the world started going black.
My thoughts ran wild,
unwinding like thread,
I remembered his smile,
so deep, so trusting.
I remembered how we fought that day,
our words hurt more than bullet holes…
I didn’t want to go back,
Not to the hurt,
the trust that we lost…
With one last look towards the surface,
I kicked deeper into the unknown.
-By Lavanya Gupta