Category : POETRY
Author : Maliha Iqbal

Maliha Iqbal is a student and writer based in Aligarh, India.
Many of her short stories, write-ups, letters and poems
have been published on platforms Live Wire (The Wire),
Creativity Webzine, Histolit, Countercurrents, Times of
India, The Palestine Chronicle, Café Dissensus, Borderless
Journal, The Cadre Journal, Indian Periodical and others.

The world still seemed
Full of options back then
I could see myself
Stepping on new galaxies
Even feel the breeze
Blowing out my hair
As I walked on a bridge
Made of stars
The air was always charged
With the magic of my heart
And I was made of dreams
But now the world gets
Smaller with each passing day
Like it’s closing in on me
With every exam that goes by
I lose a little of my magic
And with each day of memorization
I forget how to dream
Life seems restricted now
The four options
Of the multiple-choice questions.


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