A Piece in Quarantine

Izzah Idris

Malaysia

It sure felt like a hopeful year of mine had been taken away from me, brutally.

But it too let me view things in a whole ‘nother perspective.

Who would’ve thought?

It took me a damn pandemic to clear my mind out — for the infinite number of times.

All the days that passed thinking if I’ve been living my teenage years wrong,

then I’m reminded that I never resented the precious times I spend alone.

No matter how much I wish some things would’ve been different,

I never regret the choices I’ve made because I’m lucky enough that they’re all my own.

The air that I breathe, these lines that I draw, this space that I create…

I’ve come to embrace this part of me once so difficult to be acknowledged.

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