A painting in spring colours, of a river partially covered by folliage, reflecting the soft morning sun.

“May” by Aleena Bukhari

Aleena is a visual artist, writer and undergraduate student at USask. As a WOC, Aleena brings a unique perspective on themes of identity, social cohesion and loss. “May” represents the renewal of lust and curiosity that spring uncovers. A poem for both lovers and for those who mourn the return of intimacy under a golden sun. Rejoicing in an unspoken promise made between two hearts.


Everytime I think life is over
It has only just begun
You hated the mornings, but would bask in the sun
I wonder when it will be May again
To feel the way I did
Last time, our first time
Thursday the second, Sunday the fifth.
I wonder when it will be May again
I wonder when it will be May again.

You can follow Aleena on Instagram @__axbukhari or on her art account, @__slaterr.

This piece is part of the in medias res March 2021 “Love” Issue. You can read the full issue under the tag “March 2021.”

Image: Morning on the Seine near Giverny (1897) by Claude Monet (Public Domain)