This world is unfamiliar to me
The walls I once felt like breaking now whisper words that heal my cracking
My cracked tone is now pitching
My words no longer echo
Where is this place?
The smell is unfamiliar
The feeling is different
Not the smoky puffs I’m used to
Do dreams feel this real?
Is my mind messing with me?
I really can’t make sense of how I got here
I listened when he spoke
I heard him clearly when he said the words
But it only brings me to my next question
Can my life be flipped in just one second?
Can my past be gone with the wind?
I lack answers
But If the branch is who I am now then all I can hope for are leaves to help me birth fruits
This world is unfamiliar to me but I rather stay than leave
- Imani Dokubo (2019)