‘Uncomfortable Nights’ by Arunima
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‘Uncomfortable Nights’ by Arunima

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It’s one of those uncomfortable nights
And I think about why
I feel a certain way.
But all it does is take my sleep
And leaves me
With a blaring alarm sound
At 7 am
Because it’s Monday morning
And I can’t quit.

Words –
All sorts of them
Spin in my head
In circles, squares and any other shape
That make me wonder
How do I even exist?

Why can’t I listen to the good?
Why can’t I look at myself
In the mirror and smile
Without anxious thoughts
That pile and pile?

My body feels broken
My body feels pain
My body feels tired
Like it could burn up
Into flames.
Yet my eyes are wide open
And sleep isn’t around.
What do I do?
I wish I could close my eyes
And drift along.

About Post Author

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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