Sometimes I can’t decide if the present

Is really where I want to reside,

Instead of those chosen moments of bliss

Like that serenely exotic day at the beach,

Where my hair were the waves

And my soul was sun-kissed.


I’d love to relive such instants, just once

To bathe in the soothing chuckles of my friends,

Instead, I sit here alone

Scared that if I try to freeze the moments,

They’ll shatter like ice into a million pieces

Or worse, melt away.


But still somehow, these chosen memories

Dare to exist yet still,

As lively as the day they were born

How then does a moment last forever?

It was heart which answered

“Maybe because we stayed.”

 – Ananya Mishra, Somerville School, Noida


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