I can’t breathe.
They tell me it’s easy.
They tell me it’s natural.
They tell me inhale,
But how can you breathe when you are drowning?
How can you breathe below the surface?
Wading beneath the waters,
watching the colors dance on the viscous curvature,
“See how easy?”
They jeer as they dance between
the crests of the waves.
I want so badly to break the surface.
If only …
I stretch my desperate hand upward
grasping at the mosaic sun.
Stretched muscles straining as tendons tear,
but I swear,
my digit can feel
the soft kiss of the wind.
Published by Allia (A.E.) Sadeghipour
Allia (A.E.) Sadeghipour is a Queer Iranian-American Surrealist, Humanist, President, Producer, Performer, Artist & Educator. She is the President of the Women* Writing Lab Berlin (WWLB), has taught workshops for GLADT and Feminist film organizations, and is currently in Drag King training. Her work has been featured in: The Bear: Favorite Storyteller (2018 & 2020), KCRW and the Goethe Institute (2018 & 2020), What's Afghan Punk Rock Anyway?! (2019), The Ghosts of Berlin: Der Geister von Berlin (2019), Literarische Diverse (2019), Teach the Rainbow: Insights from LGBTeachers about Queer Visibility (2020), and much more. She has had the honor of performing for Pop-Kultur, the Humboldt Forum, GLADT, Wicked, Nightschool Berlin, Viva Con Aqua, the IDP Collective, Media for Change, Refuge Worldwide, and the Iranian Re(connect) Festival. By sharing her narratives and perspectives, she hopes to reach out to the world and introduce them to hers. By sharing her narratives and perspectives, she hopes to reach out to the world and introduce them to hers: www.awerfjil.com. @awerfjil #awerfjil
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