Me and They

In Craft, Poetry by

A selection from our “Isolation” call for submissions.
By Shalini Rana

Photo illustration by Mylan Le

Photo illustration by Mylan Le.

This crater of space in my mind

When I am standing on the edge of earth


Conflicts and

Battles with

The perpetuity of people

All around me, all the time

Different opinions, vibrant personalities

I become one in their presence.

And lose the misfortune of going mad in

My own mind, trying to figure out my next move –

I hate them and love them at the same time

People. I pick out their disgusting qualities:

Talking over one another, loudly blowing noses,

Always listening and never hearing,

Getting hopelessly drunk.

But I can’t help but love

These beautiful, quirky, and desperate beings

that are so lost in a world designed for mortal confusion.

They are me.

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Shalini Rana’s engagement with the Virginia Tech community goes beyond her studies as a business information technology major. As a radio disc jockey for WUVT 90.7 FM, she shares “tunes with listeners all across the New River Valley.” Rana’s creative motivation comes from the rush she gets from meaningful interactions with other people. Her favorite literary work is Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov, saying, “the sentiment I feel after reading this book can be summed up by Leo Tolstoy (coincidentally, another Russian writer): ‘What a strange illusion it is to suppose that beauty is goodness.’”