Sometimes I feel trapped

Like unsaid thoughts

Chained to a body,

Emotions that are meant to be screamed

Are muffled and choked

Under a thick blanket of society…

I feel the world crumble

Into pieces that don’t fit

And I feel myself become voiceless

With every voice I hear and assist…

I want to take my feelings

And label them one by one

Putting them in boxes

So that I know where each one is

But I also hate to conform

To tags put on me –

I tear them away

Mix them all together

And see how beautiful chaos can be…

By Surabhi Pandey

Surabhi Pandey, a former Delhi Doordarshan presenter, is a journalist currently based in Singapore. She is the author of ‘Nascent Wings’ and ‘Saturated Agitation’ and has contributed to over 15 anthologies in English and Hindi in India and Singapore. She writes on topics related to lifestyle and travel and is an active reporter on the tech startup ecosystem in Southeast Asia. She is the editor and founder of The Vent Machine.

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