Sinking

Do you ever get a sinking feeling in your stomach? Like when you read something that breaks your heart a little? Your stomach actually drops or wrings into a twist. Or when someone in your life mentions that they’re upset and you’re waiting to hear why, afraid that the answer is you? I get that…

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Non-Stop

“How do you write like you’re Running out of time? Write day and night like you’re Running out of time? Ev’ry day you fight Like you’re Running out of time Like you’re Running out of time Are you Running out of time? How do you write like tomorrow won’t arrive? How do you write like…

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Two-hundred fifty

We did it, America. We reached 250 mass shootings this year. Actually, we hit a new record: two within 24 hours. How much higher or should I say lower are we going to go? Normalized, broadcasted, sensationalized. What you call a right, I call dangerous. It’s all out in the open now. But what happens…

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Diners

I just landed at JFK and as I’m making my way out of the airport, I see a diner. I’ve always had a fascination with diners. I’m not sure exactly why. Maybe I’ve tried really hard to assimilate into life in America. Maybe I’ve just watched Gilmore Girls too many times. I’m not sure, but…

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Labels

Something I’ve been thinking about lately is labels. I used to enjoy labeling things (YES labelmaker) but I also loved thinking about all of the labels that apply to me—daughter, sister, friend, Indian, Muslim, Ismaili, Indian, American, writer, human, dancer and so many others that could apply. Recently, some of these same labels feel suffocating.…

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Sometimes

Sometimes you’re easy to write off Sometimes you’re impossible to ignore Sometimes I can go several hours Sometimes I can’t even go a few minutes Without thinking of You Sometimes you look at me And I know what you’re thinking Sometimes you’re a complete stranger And I wonder if I really know You Sometimes you…

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When You’re Ready

I hope that you don’t think that what I’m saying sounds conceited When I look across the room, and you’re staring right back at me Like somebody told a joke and we’re the only ones laughin’ Don’t know why I tried ‘Cause ain’t nobody like you Familiar disappointment every single time I do Every single…

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For granted

This week has been…rough. One of my coworkers unexpectedly passed away earlier this week. We didn’t know until he didn’t show up to work on Monday. He was my age… We weren’t on the same team, but we sat near each other. We talked all the time about the most random shit. He LOVED Marvel…

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Post-show blues

Post-show blues are real, very real. My community theater group just finished our performance of Pippin, and it was one of the most incredible experiences. To be a part of something so fun and special and to perform with a group of people that were just so positive was awe-inspiring. Theater is one of those…

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Sit Still, Look Pretty

Could dress up To get love But guess what? I’m never gonna be that girl Who’s living in a Barbie world Could wake up And make up And play dumb Pretending that I need a boy Who’s gonna treat me like a toy I know the other girlies wanna wear expensive things Like diamond rings…

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