Rise, Stand, Stay and Live

Rise.
Because you’re better than the loss,
Because there are facets to you that
No one even knows about,
The catastrophe, though a part of you,
Doesn’t define you.
You are a thousand catastrophes put together.

Stand.
Because you believe in the good in the world,
Because you cannot stop being on your side,
The periscope of memories holds the promise
Of a better tomorrow.
You are brimming with infinite possibilities.

Stay.
Because you never were a coward,
Because you have to witness the dawn,
The roads that led you here have been waiting.
You are the universe.

Live.
Because the sunlight makes
Magical patterns on your hair,
Because the wind kisses all your demons away,
There is a secret place where
Everything you wish for comes true.
You belong there.

-Ishita Basu