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I call it ‘Love’

Trigger Warning: Self-Harm

When fear came knocking
I scribbled my name on a piece of paper
and called it ‘Love’

There are people
who ask of you to be brave,
who tell you that courage births courage
and that a fearless face is indestructible

And then there are the ones
who hold your hand and ask you to pause
they tell you to let go-
to stop digging knives in the tender of your skin
to stop forcing words out of your dry mouth
to stop giving names to the nameless
I admire these people; 


but more so, I admire myself-
when I keep the knife away
when I let silence be 
when I stop prying into mysteries that are not mine, 


and mostly, 
when I don’t flinch at the idea of touching my bare skin
when I don’t run from my mind like it was plagued 
when I have the heart to hold me-
like I hold him
like I hold them
like I should. 

-Gauri Walecha

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4 Replies to “I call it ‘Love’”

  1. “but more so, I admire myself-
    when I keep the knife away
    when I let silence be
    when I stop prying into mysteries that are not mine, ” love the wisdom in these lines. It’s so lovely to read you again. 💚

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    1. Hi Cassa.
      Has been so long.. How have you been?

      It’s so lovely to be writing again. For a while there, I thought I had lost the writer in me.

      I am so glad you like my work, thank you so much ❤

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    1. Hi Sonya,
      How are you? It has been so long

      I have missed me too. Life took some interesting turns, and for a while there, I thought I had lost the writer in me.

      Turns out that was only because I was depressing my emotions.

      Hoping to be consistent now. Thank you so much for remembering me ❤

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