I’m black brushstrokes on canvas,
a shade shy of a feverish confession
but a tone bold enough to
remember the ruse
when a crowd approaches.
I blur into a bruised blue,
gush into a gratifying green,
and morph into
a yellow that pours
into a crowd,
who is too distracted to discover
I’m black brushstrokes on canvas.
Aysha Mahmood is a Pakistani and Dominican writer based in Connecticut. She is the editor of a nonprofit, and her writing has appeared in Huffpost, Teen Vogue, and Nylon. IG: @ayshamahmood93!