This is a collaborative piece.
Poem: Pragya Lal
Art: Tasneem Amiruddin
Not under the shade of a large tree
But where you are planted – unapologetically, with abandon
Into the person you wish you knew when you were younger
Into the person who types in full sentences
Into the person who uses kindness as currency
Into the person who watches the news but remains less skeptical more optimistic
Less angry, more forgiving
Patient, with those who lean right, left or stand firmly in the center
Demand – your share of sunlight, water and air
Heal those wounds, stop scratching them
Acknowledge what is broken
Pragya Lal is a Brand and Communications Consultant. She measures her life in cups of filter coffee, rhymes, and leaps of faith.
Tasneem Amiruddin is an illustrator from Mumbai who enjoys bright colours and fairytales. Gorgeous pink sunsets, mischievous children, magic, dark nights and bright stars and other such whimsies inspire her.