After a sickening eternity, rainbows lingered in her eyes. The violet emerged ever so charismatically in her cold grey eyes when she imagined a life beyond her cottage in the woods. The fireworks lightened her dark lonely heart with sparks of bright hope and vibrant dreams when she realized that she could finally fly in the indigo sky. She was unhappy to leave her nest and folks behind but at the same time exhilarated to step out of the shadows to embrace a new beginning. She was tempted by the world of unknowns and danger. Little did she know, life outside her cottage was a vicious trap but she wouldn’t understand unless she became a victim of its sweet pain.
The reality of her existence boomed with the blues of Sea-Holly as she was warmly welcomed by the place she had only dared to explore in her dreams. The buildings stood taller than the pine trees that surrounded her cottage in the woods. She noticed that the sun shone differently in this so-called flawless world as if it vacillated whether to share its precious light with the gloomy creatures. The stars didn’t sparkle with their usual pearly white light at night and she was taken aback by the unusual differences she had observed in such a short time span. Wasn’t Nature supposed to be same all across the planet? Pushing her thoughts aside, she closed her eyes and took a deep breath trying to absorb all she could of her enthralling yet mysterious green surroundings.
Days passed by and her pale yellow aura projected that she was utterly excited and hopeful for the future since she had recently embarked on a spiritual journey. Although in reality, the palpable excitement she had once felt about her life had been diminishing slightly. It was not that she wanted to return to her nest but this thriving world didn’t appeal to her as much as before. As she began pondering over the matter, the stunning orange sky took over her senses. She gave up in the arms of an enchanting evening hoping for the best but expecting the worst.
Time taught her well. The land of her dreams was painted with red. They loved each other and fought with the same people they cared for. They plucked the blooming flowers and stole the delight of Nature to decorate their houses but at the same time preached to be environmental friendly. They complained about the cold weather in winters and about the heat in summers. They were capable of differentiating between right and wrong yet chose to favor and support the corrupt. They killed to enforce peace. They had labelled everything from the color of their skin to the blood in their veins. They treated their fellow beings differently based on their gender, profession, religion and race. They bullied the weak and hated to be reminded that they were in the same shoes not too long ago. They lived in the world of gadgets where they text-messaged often and rarely spoke. They shared everything on the social media in the name of ‘sharing is caring’ but in reality, the idea of sharing was almost unknown to them. They were never contented and always yearned for more. These creatures were not only different from her folks in the woods but also were complex. Their actions often contradicted their words as their minds did their hearts.
The rainbows in her eyes faded as this multicolored world of labels stomped over her dreams and awoke her to a harsh reality. The truth was bitter but the lies she had been living for the past few months had been sweet. How she wished to rewind time and be unknown to all the mysteries which had been unraveled. How she wished to be a child again.
Wait; was she one of them already?
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you know what i just melt down while reading your posts. Each one of them touches deep in my heart. I am sensitive
Well, at the moment, this world and the reality is quite sensitive too.
Do u really think that?? I have seen very few people who really feel for others. Do u think they do exist in our so society. Everyone seems busy in their own lives being more selfish.
What I meant with the world being sensitive is that world needs us to change the things around us for the better.
yup thats for sure 🙂 i agree too
This is so amazing. How wonderfully you have demarcated the surreal with the actual visuals, with the precision of instincts and deeper insights into the existing realities, in today’s time.
I must say, what a portrayal of a unique perspective, you have made.
Great work, naima.
The reality of today is not exactly the one I would like to live in so I scribble away my thoughts wishing that the world could change for the better.
Thank you for reading, Kriti.
A great post!!!
what an apt title 🙂
Thank you Izza!
It started out like a commentary on Katniss Everdeen’s life and gracefully shifted into a rant of an outsider who is surrounded by hypocrisy, discrimination and superficial people.
Very Interesting perspective, Naima.
The Hunger Games reference — amazing.
Thank you — hypocrisy is quite an issue in this superficial world.
No words to express the emotions you stirred.
Thank you Kim!! So good to see you around after so long! :))
You know I love your writing, Naima.
Yet another beautiful read ❤
Thank you Kritika! :))
This world is so fast forwarding day by day. I am sure many people today would be happy to go back thousands of years…when we were simple enough to enjoy simplicities of life!
I agree! Life and the reality of this world would have been so much simpler in the old times but the beauty of today is that it can be changed: all it require is our determination and consistent efforts to better it.
Thank you for your comments!
bookmarked for weekend ❤
The face of harsh reality in your simple & apt words 😦 Change is what is needed & hope we can in some way be a part of the change. Great post !!
We have to be the part of this change in order to help ourselves and rescue our world!
Yes Naima, we gotta involve ourselves if we want a World which we imagine !! Strong words needs Stronger works 🙂
The world is vicious and pulls us right into it..
I loved this
Some of us are just stronger to not give in.
Thanks for visiting
As always Sheldon
another good piece. i can certainly relate to this in a lot of different ways.