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Sehri Tales 2020 - April 30

  • Published at 08:10 pm April 30th, 2020
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Winning Sehri tales of Ramadan, day six

Top entities for the prompt ‘Wealth’, by popular vote

Writer: Ariz Hoque

What do you call an Arab who built his wealth by selling dairy products?

A milk-sheikh

Oka bye

Writer: Alifa Ayman

"My wealth's been feeding on me like a parasite,

I close my eyes every night hoping that it's forever

Hoping that tomorrow I don't run into more wealth.

I wish I knew that my wealth wouldn't buy me people, people I can call family

I wish I knew that my wealth would weigh me down more than that of the poor

I have everything, what should I live for now?

Maybe, it's too late to realize that I didn't ever live

If lonely is how I have to be, then it's time, time to go…" read his suicide note.

Writer: Sinthia Ahammed

When I first told my mom I don't feel like myself she handed me a brochure

Scribbled with techniques on how to feel happy.

Little did she knew,

I was still a newbie

Struggling to grapple the words

When I told my friends,

Being seems more like

Running on a treadmill

that is also hanging at the edge of Everest

They laughed

"C'mon, stop lying", is all they always chirped

Like birds trapped in murmuration

The surgeon's laugh trickled like broken shards of glass

When I said

I'm not the same person anymore

She delivered from her textbook

The memorized lines that swayed around my eyes

On how to be fulfilled

"You'll be alright, honey." She tweeted

And I left the whitewashed room smelling of ammonia

with a cracked skull

Bleeding melody and drops of hope


At midnight

when sleep seemed like a kindergarten friend

A tiny voice vibrated through my

Calcium mosaic imperfect sphere

And as always

I was swept back

To being the child

Terrified of the unseen monster under the bed

It tugged at my strings

Slowly and steadily

Like a leaking bottle

Emptying me of my wealth

Writer: Faeeja Humaira Meem

Yesterday at 5:02 AM • 

"Taka dao." in Chris Hemisphere's voice.

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