In a Sea of People

I am surrounded by so many
Abbu (father) who is stressed out realizes how much I need him
My Ammi (mother) who cooks dinner after a long day of work
Amber Baaji (older sister) unsure of what she herself wants gives me hope
Bheyya (older brother) who is so far away offers a shoulder to lean on
A cousin who longs for appreciation offers elderly advice
My best friend, answers his phone at 3 A.M. to comfort me even if he is sleeping
My buddy who does something I don’t approve of always makes jokes when I’m down
Khala who is alone is my 2nd mom
All grandparents who are no longer in the world, one who I never met manage to make their presence near
Cousins on the other side of the world that I hardly know keep me going every day
I am surrounded by so much love and laughter. Spirits and hope
I am surrounded by so many
I am in a sea of people and for once I'm not drowning.


A.Ansari
August 6, 2009

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