Submissions by Maldivian poets for our poetry segment
You sit on the edge of the universe
dangling your legs over oblivion
smiling that roguish smile
as you beckon to me in invitation.
And I, like always, hesitate in fear
hanging back in the shadows
away from the edge, from danger
in the safety of my comfort zone.
Because you are the daredevil
free falling into the unknown
while I’m but the timid mouse
afraid to leave the familiarity of home.
You swear that you’ll wait for me
but it’s in your blood to run on ahead;
one day you’ll pause and look back
only to realise that I never followed.