Finding the Ordinary

I sit still, unhooked from the wall of normality.

Rings of routine swirl around me,

Reminding me of the oblivion of “success” that is life.

I keep staring at the gates of career,

As people ask me to bow to the God of money.

This can’t be the entirety of the world,

There must be shafts of ordinariness lying somewhere,

Waiting to be unearthed by hands

That have felt the incarnated kiss of lazy petals.

I won’t enter the stifling apartment of aspirations and anxieties.

I will stay here, on the soft soil of “failure”,

Under the sprawl of relaxed skies,

Listening to lilies, as they tell their stories

Of everyday joys and abundant love.

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Yanis Iqbal
Yanis Iqbal is a class 11 student studying humanities at Sayyid Hamid Senior Secondary School (Boys), AMU, Aligarh. His theoretical pieces and articles on contemporary affairs have been published around the world, in countries such as the USA, UK, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Germany, Netherlands, France, Greece, Italy, India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Iran, Iraq, Afghanistan, Syria, Vietnam, Tajikistan, China, Turkey and several countries of Latin America and Africa. He can be reached at yanisiqbal@gmail.com

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