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If I Could

By Nitika Govind
If I Could

Painting by Elizabeth Austin.
If I could see behind those eyes
The story that stands in his past
And maybe see the agony that lies
Behind his deceiving mask
If I could stop his late night drinks
And cure him from this addictive pain
Maybe mend those broken links
By clearing our family name
If I could make you a promise
One that will suffice
To help you find absolute bliss
This would be my advice
Life is a race, in which we all have to run
When one race has finished, a new one has begun!
- Nitika Govind
Nitika Shalini Govind is a 16-year-old from New Zealand and a student at the International School of Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia. For her 10th grade personal project, she conducted interviews and wrote poetry related to the five most common mental health issues in Mongolia: alcohol abuse, anxiety disorder, bipolar disorders, depression, and schizophrenia.
Nitika’s book of poetry, The Unheard Voices of Mongolia, was published by Best Color International (Ulaanbaatar) in December 2013.

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