the piano caught your insomnia

by Orooj-e-Zafar

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she doesn’t expect it to
but music cripples her - not in the way
sentences do, prison-traumatized
wound around a lifetime - but like pianist
fingers would. she will struggle to hammer
her last finger for a full note
and she'll miss,

just like the last time.

she doesn't want it to
but living with one heart hurts.
the pair in her chest parted;
one finally gave in, not before
slaving to keep lethargy at bay. after all,

twelve hundred years is bound
to taint her pulse
with defeat.

she doesn't believe it to
but her words are the last,
rugged breaths of coal. the truth
is a scythe but her lips warp
around each word with conviction,
like she couldn't let them go
if she tried;

she has really,

she doesn't believe it
but she stands at the end
of all inhibition; settling, to her
tastes too much like happiness
so she'd rather
tear limb
from limb
to stay



the hustle
is her dream, the will
in her fingers never rests.

even now,
with the lights out
in the sky
and in her eyes,

her last heart
to its only friend;
she still has trouble sleeping.


released March 17, 2016
A loop of Evan Duffy's piano cover of Above & Beyond's "Alchemy."




Orooj-e-Zafar Islamabad, Pakistan

I love stories and pouring meaning into everything humans do.

learning to be softer since '96.

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