Words by Abdullah Al-Ameeri
Illustration by Hana Khadem
For as long as I can remember,
I have always wanted to be an astronaut.
I find the idea of being in space
incredibly attractive for a simple reason:
I keep gravitating towards things
that are simultaneously beautiful and deadly.
You see, outer space is by far
more fascinating than anything you can imagine.
But it’s also extremely dangerous.
It could easily kill me in different ways.
I could simply suffocate
because of the complete lack of breathing air.
Or I could die of exposure
to the lethal cosmic rays and solar radiation.
I’m sure that you have an idea by now
of how ridiculous it is to dream of being there.
The reason why I love space,
is the exact same reason why I love you.
You see, because you’re to me,
as beautiful and dangerous as outer space.
I lose my breath by being with you
because you’re the most breathtaking thing I’ve seen.
And I feel all the radiation and fire
that you naturally irradiate like the burning sun.
But you’re also irresistibly desirable.
I’m attracted to you like a moth to a bug zapper.
I know what I’m signing up for,
and I don’t mind taking the tremendous risk.
All I can do in this situation,
is to take my protein pills and put my helmet on,
and sit by you to absorb
all the beauty and danger you have to offer.
Abdullah Al-Ameeri, who is also known as Digital Abdullah, is a 28- year-old poet and photographer from Bahrain. He has been telling stories through the use of rhyme and pop culture references since 2015. He focuses on the themes of love, mental health, social activism and personal growth.