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No. Those are laugh lines. – Poems, Pictures & Prose by Saaleha Idrees Bamjee

No. Those are laugh lines.

So, I have decided that next year, I will be turning 26. I will be 27 in four years time.
I’ve always had one of those ‘mature’ faces, and after seven years, I’m finally grown into it.
Oh all you wonderful people; you are the seatwarmers of my winter days.
I came across this old gtalk chat while looking for something in my mail:
Mak: so Saaleha.. what are your plans forthe next 5 years ?
me: hmmm
lets see now
five years
within that time
i hope to be married to my soulmate
have completed my masters in creative writing
and have done a vast amount of travel
Well, here’s me tooting my own tooter; I’m actually pretty much on track with that timeline. Almighty Willing and Saaleha Doing, I will be shaking hands with the deadline.

Google’s doodle yesterday was a tribute to Russian composer Igor Fyodorovich Stravinsky. It will probably take me a lifetime and beyond to nudge him off of the June 17 spot. Ambition is the salt of life.

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I am a writer and photographer (look up my work on based in Johannesburg, South Africa. I have an MA in Creative Writing from the university currently known as Rhodes. My writing accolades include winning the 2014 Writivism Short Story Prize and the 2020 Ingrid Jonker Poetry Prize for my debut collection, Zikr.

6 thoughts on “No. Those are laugh lines.”

  1. I was just about to blog about this myself. Was contemplating over the transitions we undergo in life! I remember having a conversation with Shak a few years back where he asked me where i saw myself by the time i was 25. I said to him, “Married with atleast 2 kids.” Well, i still have a few weeks till im 25 and it seems life had big plans in store for me cos not even i saw moving across the world coming!

  2. kudos for all that powerful visualization! 🙂
    i think if i had to ask myself five years ago i would have had one goal (which is a little personal to share) and I’ve accomplished it too Alhumdulillah.

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