Akjemal Toshieva is a native of Brooklyn, New York. She graduated with a BA in English from Brooklyn College and has previously been published in its literary magazine, The Junction. She currently lives in Fort Drum, New York.
I couldn’t sleep, so I thought about the life I might have had. The man who might have loved me, tied his future with mine. The books I could have published. The places I would have visited. I said goodbye to all of them, each and every possibility, the husband I’d never hold, the stories I’d never see, the countries I’d never cultivate. Bright spots reduced to errant shadows, I loved them. Then I let them go in my heart.