New Delhi, India
Amity International School
The theory of eternal return states that the Big Bang is a recurring event. Time and the Universe has repeated itself an infinite number of times and we’ve lived the same lives over and over again.
we’ve been here before
bathed in the glory of this sun
feared and felt
birthed and bled
laughed and loved
loved and laughed
this planet, it will swallow us whole
consume our pain
spit us pale
stuck in an infinite time warp
shook our hands and said hello
shook our heads and said goodbye
see you in a couple billion years
if we’re lucky, we’ll forget each other
if we’re luckier, we’ll forget ourselves
visitors marvel at a history covered in crimson
at us, souvenirs in the museum of time
so bury me here, in a soft crevice of memory
where the past becomes eras of longing
we’ll crane our heads to the side
smile slightly and say
you seem familiar
do I know you?
Mellifluously written, this piece's resignation to the cycles of life is both beautiful and heartbreaking.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
In 3rd grade, Khushi Daryani’s English teacher told her she writes well, so she never stopped. She shall graduate High School in 2020 from Amity International School located in New Delhi, India. Her work has appeared or is upcoming in The Aerie International, Di-verse-city Youth Anthology, and The Apprentice Writer. She has also been a commended Foyle Young Poet 2019 from the Poetry Society, UK. Khushi is Hindi for happiness. On most sunny days, that’s what she’s chasing after.