Hamda Faisal

On Eid

When you step under the open sky, the acrid smell of the blood is pungent on the senses; the

smell of sacrifice and something more. You turn the corner and children run past you, shielding

the alive from the pain and soulless eyes of the dead and somehow, they smile as they splash

their feet in the blood tainted water. 


At the end of that street, long knives are being sharpened on the stones and the dead meat hangs

upside down; waiting to be skinned. The crowd of people gathered on the corner passed by in a

blur; hungry eyes shouldered by the cunning smiles as one goes about to get meat in his body

and the other to get money in his pockets. 


And when shadows engulf the sky and lights light in each long street, the smell of rotting

intestines slowly spreads all around; making it hard to breathe and live. It moves around each

corner and settles in the quiet and familiar ones, reminding every passerby the harsh reality;

everything rots away with time.


And if you think you passed all of them unscathed, you would find droplets of blood on your

dāman as you’ll stand in your room to take off your clothes.



Hamda Faisal

Hamda Faisal is a literature student and writer based in Gujranwala, Pakistan. She is an avid reader, procrastinator, and chai lover. She mainly dabbles in prose of various and all kinds and writes about trivial emotions and moments that encompass everyday life.