My face is aglow with a flame:
There's a wave in my body implying ecstasy,
An irritation in my eyes due to fatigue,
A ruddyness on my cheek manifesting the frustration
Of utter deprivation...
A tear of sorrow,
A smile of acceptance,
A nod of sacrifice,
A thrill of suspense down my spine,
A terrible pain and an uncontrollable shiver
In my limbs owing to my feverish movements,
A restlessness in the heart,
A palpitation throbbing on my breast,
A random melody playing on my lips,
A torrent of words dammed behind my tongue,
A choking experience-
Of wonder and love,
Love and hate,
Hate and nonchalance,
Nonchalance and yearning,
Yearning and attachment,
Attachment and loyalty,
Loyalty and duty,
Duty and reward,
Reward and gratitude,
Gratitude and guilt....
I stand at a crossroad with multiple options.
No, I'm not confounded,
I know which path to take.
But I would have loved to live a thousand lives,
To travel along all those roads,
All those paths,
All those avenues that were never chosen.