Prompt: If you could send a message to a particular person whom you love/loved, what would you say?
He was humble and kind. He cooked for me. He played with me. He raised me.
I love you and I still do. In fact, I really miss you. A lot; more than you can imagine.
If only you can see me now. I hope you’re proud of how far I’ve gotten. Please continue to watch over me.
For 11 years, you’ve held a special place in my heart — you still do to this day — which nobody else can replace.
– Joey Yap
I don’t think I’ve ever been in love before. I used to think that I was in love once but reading the book “Flipped” (by Wendelin Van Draanen) made me realise it was just a silly crush. Anyway, I don’t think love exists. It’s just picky and unkind to the people who deserve it the most…
But while I criticize the concept of love, I still find myself daydreaming about it. Bitter towards couples about it. Writing too many poems about it. I just keep looking for a spoonful of it.
You don’t know it, but I still think about you a lot. And no matter how much I’ve grown or changed, I’m still the same naïve 16 year old girl that will run back to you whenever you need me.
But you don’t need me and I pray you never do.
This is for all of you, those of you who’ve seen me at my worst and at my lowest. I may not verbally express it as much as I should, but thank you for sticking by me even when I’m not the easiest person to be around. Without each and every one of you in my life, I wouldn’t be the person I am today. I don’t need a romantic partner to know that I already have all the love I need.
– Jaclyn Heng
Dearest, have you ever wondered what comets are made of?
They are nothing but balls of ice—just tons of water, gases, and dust frozen together. But when you see them shooting through the sky, you are seeing something more. You are seeing pieces of them that had travelled through the cold and lonely space for a very long time. You are seeing pieces of them that are breaking off and shattering and falling.
You are seeing the end of their journey.
But you are also seeing pieces of them meeting the warm atmosphere of the Earth. You are seeing pieces of them, though lost and fatigued, emitting the brightest light in their entire lives.
And dearest, from my comet to your Earth, I would like to say thank you. Thank you for being the warmth that melted the icy walls enclosing me. Thank you for being a place for me to come home to after what felt like a hopeless journey. And thank you, my world, with all of my heart, for being someone who makes me shine brighter than ever before.
I have hope that you’ll be happy. First on your own, and then with someone who sparks curiosity in the passenger seat of your Axia.
You’ll see more beauty in people. How they grow their hearts to fit you in, how they accommodate your withdrawals and overbearings, how they are patient or generous or decisive or supportive.
You’ll be comfortable. You’ll be challenged. You’ll be recognized. I have hope that you’ll get what you deserve: a good life.
In a world without any purpose or meaning, you give me something to look forward to every morning. I’m so glad you’re in my life. I’m usually terrible in expressing my thoughts, but know that you are cherished, even when I call you an idiot.
Also, drink more water. Seriously. Dehydration is no joke.
You’ve given me more than I could ever ask for. I found my best friend, my confidant and my soulmate in you. Thank you for being my rock, for holding me when I felt like I couldn’t go on. Thank you for making me laugh and for letting me be myself. You make me want to be a better person every day. But most importantly, thank you for loving me for who I am, flaws and all. Our love is one for the ages.