The ozone scent of the ocean reminds me how much I have sacrificed to be here: friends, family, home, heritage.
Was it worth it? Most days, yes, but on black days – every step painful – I find myself back before the water.
Mother warned me. But I knew better. “You don’t choose who you fall for.”
“Mark my words, no good came of such a union.”
I brushed it aside – another of her fables.
He is a devoted husband, but he cannot bridge the loneliness.
I lose myself in the roaring of the waves: a world I can no longer enter.
Iqbal is one of fifteen emerging writers to feature in the Mainstream anthology by Inkandescent, publication date mid-2021. He won gold prize in the Creative Future Writers’ Awards 2019 and he is a recipient of the inaugural London Writers’ Awards 2018. Iqbal is working on his first novel, Northern Boy.