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 pain;

the trust that we lost…

With one last look towards the surface,

I kicked deeper into the unknown.

-By Lavanya Gupta

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