Come closer.Listen up. What if Everything you have ever known is a lie?Everything you've grown up believing, the toys you've played with, the trophies you held, the times you felt your hearts shattered into a million shards, all the bruises and the cuts that made your skin blue and red; the blood.All the flags you rose above your heads and the intricate necklaces that lace your fragile collars were all a lie.
Psst. listen up. close your eyes and think of all the moments of your life that you've lived, all the things that you've touched and felt, all the times your lungs rose up to suck in air and push it out; all the times you have breathed
and imagine living all of it in a single moment and then imagine, that that moment was not real.
what would you do? Now that you know the truth what would you do? Would you crawl back to your dark room with your back towards the light or would you find the courage to erase everything?
To erase that one moment that has all your moments.
you're drowning, you know and you don't even see your hands. But maybe, just maybe the reason why you keep touching your collar bones is because the intricate necklaces are suffocating, and maybe that's why you keep throwing your neck in your hands because the flags are too heavy, maybe that's why you stare too long and too silently at the trophies and the toys because they don't glimmer anymore, maybe that's why you keep bleeding because you keep hurting yourself over and over again. Maybe you do realize that your lungs are filled with water and salt and you gulp for more of it thinking it's air everytime the salt burns against your skin , like a child in false hopes. So maddening and so useless.
Maybe you do know and if you do what are you gonna do? (A conversation)
(@shehzilm) Shehzil Malik is arguably one of the finest creative talents to come out of Pakistan in recent times. She has done a lot of other truly amazing work,& studied at Rochester Institute of Technology on a Fulbright Scholarship, Shehzil took out time to talk to The Pakistan Journal about inspiration, design, process and future plans.Shehzil has done various collaborations around the globe, her work speaks of her immense talent.