Words have gone out of race,

They've taken our last breaths.

With every unheard truth,

I get crushed by the wall that has left.

Air suffocates words,

Engulfs them, till they won’t be heard

Till they rot in their cage

Till they can never be saved

Living on an inhale,

With that, how can you ever be okay?

How can you surrender and walk covering your mouth and ears?

Don’t they choke on the air you've breathed?

Don't they get on their knees and beg for a release?

Don't you see your hands torturing what's meant to be said?

Tormenting lumps of blurts that shroud your head,

How can you ever sleep?

Tongues fell apart,

And you're not able to phrase it anymore.

Faces are vague,

Voices have omitted what they're living for.

Solitude was a sword with two ends, and its wounds are planted on the back of my throat.

My past has spat out this lump of distress,

I'm the over-worn, old, wine stained dress,

That is longing for details,

To descend into a sharp relief.

But you now worship the ghostly script,

It's yourselves, you've deceived.

You've left letters unread,

Puzzles unfinished,

The light untouched,

And old books unwritten,

For you have had too much,

Of paint with shades of blue,

You left the sky bloodless, dreary.

If only it knew.

Marwa Alqatari is a poet from Qatif and currently based in Charlotte. Visit her Instagram account, YouTube channel, and blog for more of her poems.



Yousef Almasoud is a photographer who’s interested in capturing narrative photographs of different civilizations and cultures all around the world.
The story behind the work: Tshamba is a group of travelling bedouins, who are
estimated to be more than 5000 individuals. They live inside of temporary tents located along the southern borders of India between the Tibet region and the state of Jammu and Kashmir, in Karzok village to be exact.
Karzok village is located on the shore of the Tso Moriri lake, which is considered to be one of the lakes with the highest altitude (4570 Meters above sea level) and it is a very cold area.The Tshamba’s diet consists of boiled meat of wild yaks
and horses, as well as barley flour and dried cheese. The bedouins travel four times a year outside of valleys and from a place to another for trading reasons. Most of these people are herders, and that is what their families depend on; they make their daily need of cheese, then trade or sell the rest to get other goods.
All families there practice Tibetan Buddhism, and their religion plays a major role in their culture. Each one of their tents is enough for one family, and they are often one-child families.

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