Captured Feelings

the unspoken grief of letting go of a dream

filling the void left by a dream that we leave behind

Adele Arbi
Curious Compass
Published in
3 min readMay 6, 2024

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The twilight sky is bluish gray. It has been raining all day and no glimpse of the sun colors can be seen. Until the city lights turn on and a warm yellow fills the void.

I walk slowly and breathe deeply, looking around the empty street where I live since a month ago. It’s always quiet in here I have noticed, but tonight there’s literally no one to be seen.

I recently bought a new trench coat that makes me feel like I am on a mission. Well, new only to me, because I thrifted it and I think it’s from the 90s. Holds an extra charm that only clothes from previous decades can have.

It’s long and structured, in dark brown with a tint of green, and a homeless man one day asked me if I was a spy. It made me smile, because I do feel like one when I am wearing it.

The little restaurant where I was two nights ago is closed. I think of that dinner, and it makes me sad. It didn’t go as I hoped.

A lot of things haven’t gone as I hoped recently. My mind goes to a dream I finally had to let go.

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Adele Arbi
Curious Compass

A curious soul exploring and documenting life. London-based Tech Expat | Muslim | Polyglot | Booklover | Traveler